Violations of disclosure rules by police are occurring in 40.7% of cases, according to Inspectorate reports
number one cause of miscarriages of justice
The criminal justice system has no effective mechanism to assess the accuracy of its results.
Trial transcripts cost tens of thousands of pounds, meaning innocent people can't afford to prove what went wrong at their trials.
And too often, police won't allow access to evidence for new forensic science testing, or evidence is destroyed before it can be retested.
often its matter of lack of resources or training
police should not be the ones to decide what gets turned over to the defence,
are so under-resourced they don’t have time to investigate disclosure issues by using their powers to read police files
The law as its stands says lawyers like us can’t have access to the information unless we can show what it will prove – a perfect Catch 22.
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