“Systemic Failures” in crown disclosure pose a real threat to your right to a fair trial

Twice more this week we have seen criminal trials collapse as a result of woeful breaches of disclosure from the Police, HMRC and the Crown prosecution Service.

The defendant in the below article faced 3 – 6 years in prison before his trial for VAT fraud collapsed once evidence that should have been disclosed was found on an investigating officer’s laptop.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43923056

The defendant in the following article faced a possible 5 – 8 years in prison for rape before it was discovered that the alleged victim had made a statement which completely cleared one defendant of any wrongdoing.

This statement was not disclosed and was only discovered after the defence noticed a reference to this statement within a police officer’s investigative notebook.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43952462

The sad reality is that arguments over disclosure are occurring in almost all of our criminal defence cases here at the firm.

Now – more than ever – it is vitally important that criminal defence firms protect the defendant’s right to a fair trial and ensure that all disclosable evidence is received.

If you feel a lack of disclosure is effecting your case – please feel free to contact us for more information.

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