Disclosing the Evidence in Criminal Trials -The Rule of Law and the Right to Know
The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP and Professor Ian Dennis address Politeia’s Justice series,
Wednesday 2nd December, 7.30—8.30 p.m.*
In any criminal case, the fundamental principle remains that the accused person has the right to know what the charge is and what evidence will be produced in court. Indeed, unless proper disclosure of evidence takes place, a trial can be dissolved and a fresh one called.
So important is the principle – and practice – that the rules governing disclosure of evidence in criminal trials remain to the forefront. The recent reviews by Lord Justice Gross and Lord Justice Treacy on disclosure of evidence in criminal proceedings (2011, 2012 and 2014) were followed by the then Attorney General, Dominic Grieve’s guidelines 2013.
On 2nd December, Politeia’s Justice series, will consider the wider questions raised in the reviews, and their implications. Speaking will be The Rt Hon Dominic GrieveQC, Attorney General 2010-14 and Professor Ian Dennis, Director of the Criminal Law Centre, UCL. Responding to the discussion will be Caroline Haughey,the criminal barrister at Furnival Chambers. They will consider such issues as:
· Why do the rules for disclosure matter?
· Are they are observed in principle and practice?
· What changes could be made to improve the efficiency of the courts system?
· What would the benefits be to the rule of law?