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CPS Disclosure Obligations

Attorney General – in the House of Commons on 13th February 2020.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Labour, Ellesmere Port and Neston

What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the correlation between the level of CPS resources and its ability to comply with its disclosure obligations.

Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis The Solicitor-General

The proper disclosure of unused material is vital if there is to be a fair trial, which is in the interests of the complainant, the accused and the whole community. There has been unprecedented joint commitment and focus from the police and the CPS on finding solutions to the problem of getting disclosure right. The £85 million investment in the CPS, to which I have alluded, will enable the CPS to respond effectively to the expected increase in case load resulting from the recruitment of 20,000 new police officers.

Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Labour, Ellesmere Port and Neston

It is pretty clear that currently justice is not being done. Does the Solicitor General accept that that fund is simply not going to be enough to get the justice that this country deserves?

Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis The Solicitor-General

No, I do not accept that. In fact, the £85 million that was given to the CPS recently was the largest sum, pro rata, given to any Government Department. It is right that it is a priority for the Government to deal with criminal justice robustly, which is what the Government are going to do.