The process of Disclosure is a very important one, more honoured in the breach than the observance. Recent cases have shown not only the devastating effect failure to comply with disclosure requirements can have on individuals, but the seriousness with which the Courts view failure to comply on the part of the prosecutor and the sanctions that may follow such failure.
It remains very current as the debate around 'digital strip searching' of complainants has underlined. This course looks at disclosure - the justification for it, the classification of material and the impact that classification has on what happens to it, how to get disclosure right and the duties on the prosecutor imposed by the Code of Practice. It also considers the practical implications for local authorities and how compliance with the statutory obligations can be achieved and evidenced.