On 17 September, a news release from the AG Office about the now-closed consultation to seek views on the revised Disclosure Guidelines and CPIA Code of Practice advised that a revised CPIA Code of Practice was laid before Parliament on 10 September.
The draft Code is available at –
It is scheduled to come into force on 31 December, and its purposes is to set out the manner in which investigators are to record, retain and reveal to the prosecutor material obtained in a criminal investigation. It replaces the previous 2015 version. The most important change is said to be is the introduction of a rebuttable presumption that certain types or categories of unused material meet the disclosure test, saving time and resources that are currently wasted in establishing its status.