Criminal justice system comes together to discuss disclosure
Key figures from across the criminal justice system will be brought together by Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders today to discuss how to improve the disclosure process.
The seminar will include representatives from the senior judiciary, police and legal professions.
Alison Saunders said:
“Disclosure is a vital matter which we take very seriously, but it is clear that there are systemic issues across the entire criminal justice system.
“That is why I have convened this seminar – so we can agree how we will work together to ensure we get this important area right.
“We will be considering what role each of us – police, prosecutors, and judiciary – should play in disclosure and immediate action we can take. We will also discuss whether any changes to systems, legislation or guidance might help address the issues we face.”
The seminar will look at topics such as how technology might be able to help the disclosure process, particularly given the growth in unused digital material.
Alison Saunders continued:
“We all have a duty to all involved to get disclosure right. The CPS has put a number of measures in place over the past few months to ensure this happens but there is more to be done by all parts of the criminal justice system.”