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‘Why Trials Collapse? The cost of failure. The CPS, the police and the politics’

Why Trials Collapse? The cost of failure. The CPS, the police and the politics

Politeia-BPP Justice Series 2020

Thursday 25th June, 6.30-7.30pm

Alex Chalk MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice
Jonathan Fisher QC, Barrister, Red Lion Chambers & Visiting Professor, LSE
Max Hardy, Barrister, 9 Bedford Row
As confidence in the criminal justice system falls, the new government intends to prioritise reform – of policing, the parole system and to ‘keep people safe’.

For others, the failings in the system are wider and the principles and practice on which the effective operation of the justice system rests, must be restored, particularly in respect to the conduct and preparation of trials, the right to a fair hearing and the rules obliging disclosure.

On Thursday 25th June Politeia’s Justice series with BPP will focus on the trial system in Why Trials Collapse – The Cost of Failure.  A distinguished panel of lawyers will consider the problems and how best to tackle them. They will consider such questions as:

  • Why do so many trials collapse?
  • Is the prosecution system fit for purpose?
  • Are the rules under which the courts should operate observed in letter and in spirit?
  • How far have such failings been due to the neglect of the principles on which the system rests e.g. the duty to presume innocence, act impartially and disclose evidence?
  • What are the consequences of such failings?
  • What has driven the rise in private prosecutions?