Criminal Justice Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:30 pm on 15th July 2003.

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Photo of Lord Clinton-Davis Lord Clinton-Davis Labour 3:30 pm, 15th July 2003

I am much obliged to the noble Lord. Is he aware that sometimes the prosecution itself acts horrendously? I remember a case—I am sure this can be multiplied by a number of other instances—where a large number of documents were served on me which were entirely irrelevant, and so another set of documents had to be served. That kind of situation is untenable and avoidable. As far as I am concerned, juries understand the basic purpose of a trial, which is to decide whether or not there had been dishonest behaviour. Does the noble Lord agree?