Criminal Proceedings: Evidence

Attorney General written question – answered on 11th April 2019.

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Photo of Ben Lake Ben Lake Plaid Cymru, Ceredigion

To ask the Attorney General, what steps he is taking to tackles failures in the disclosure of evidence through encouraging early engagement between prosecution and defence teams in criminal cases.

Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Solicitor-General

The Attorney General’s ‘Review of the efficiency and effectiveness of disclosure in the criminal justice system’, published in November 2018, highlighted the need for early engagement. The Review includes recommendations on pre-charge engagement and proportionate frontloading to ensure there is a better balance between streamlining work and performing disclosure obligations early. This National Disclosure Improvement Plan, which contains commitments made by the CPS, NPCC and College of Policing, also highlights the importance of engagement between the prosecution and the defence.

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