Forensic Science: Misconduct

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 23rd November 2018.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Written Statement of 27 November 2017 on Toxicology, HCWS265, how many people have subsequently been (a) released from prison and (b) had a conviction quashed as a result of the discovery of the manipulation of testing results.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The re-testing of toxicology samples is ongoing and the police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) are working to identify the exact numbers and impact upon cases affected by re-testing. Figures as to the number of convictions quashed cannot be provided at this time. We are not aware of anyone having been released from prison as a result of toxicology re-testing.

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