Justice Committee

Disclosure of evidence in criminal cases inquiry

Inquiry status: open

Report published. Awaiting Government response.

Report published

In this report we consider the disclosure of unused material in criminal cases.

The Crown Prosecution Service have the duty to disclose relevant material collected by the police in the course of an investigation to the defence.

This process is part of ensuring a fair trial. Problems with disclosure came into sharp focus following the high-profile collapse of a number cases between December 2017 and spring 2018.

In early December 2017 the Government had announced that the then Attorney General would conduct a
review of disclosure.

The Attorney General has since changed, but we expect that this review will conclude.

The Crown Prosecution Service, National Police Chiefs’ Council and College of Policing also published a “National Disclosure Improvement Plan” in January this year.

Terms of reference: Disclosure of evidence in criminal cases

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