In this Update:- Events, CPS engagement and ABE amnesty.
A thank you to 5 Paper Buildings for putting on a great training event on "defending in regulatory cases" (and providing refreshments!)
Coming up:- a wide range of events including:-
1 Summer Party on 08 July.
The party is kindly sponsored by Doughty Street chambers, and heavily discounted for members. The event does not require "black tie", and is a great opportunity to dine and drink wine with friends and colleagues in a centrally located stunning venue. Book now!
2 Autumn Conference, Ghent
The Autumn Conference (sponsored by 25 Bedford Row and 5, St Andrews Hill) can now be booked here: https://www.lccsa.org.uk/events/european-conference-23092016/
The conference booking includes a programme of CPD training, accommodation in a stunning hotel, dinner, breakfast (x2) drinks reception and a boat tour through Ghent (with a guide and beer)
Managerialism vs Justice
We have been advised that our article highlighting the attack on justice and the burden of proof by managerialism (https://www.lccsa.org.uk/the-magistrates-court-managerialism-vs-justice/) has been distributed to the Senior Judiciary. We are now finalising details of the symposium to further highlight this topic, and look at ways of reversing this trend.
Four members of LCCSA committee attended the quarterly Engagement event with senior CPS managers at Rose Court. We raised IDPC and issues of inadequate disclosure, digital working, ABE amnesty (see below) and other issues as requested by members.
Following a suggestion by the LCCSA , the CPS have agreed an amnesty where without sanction or criticism you can return any ABE or other sensitive evidence or material, for which you may have in the past signed an undertaking to return but overlooked at the end of the case. We will forward the CPS letter, but here is the key information:-
The amnesty will begin on Friday July 1st and end on Friday September 2nd 2016.
At the end of the amnesty period, it is requested that all ABE tapes/CDs are returned to one of the following addresses, depending on the level of court involved.
For all Magistrates Court cases
Central Correspondence Enquires Team for Magistrates Team
4th floor South
DX: 154263 Southwark 12
For all Crown Court cases the ABE tapes should be returned to:
Central Correspondence Enquiries Team (Crown Court)
Please note that in order to comply with security requirements transportation of all ABE tapes should be either by hand or by courier. Wherever possible, all interviews containing sensitive information or relating to evidence from children should be delivered to the CPS by hand. However, other acceptable methods for delivery of recordings can include delivery by recognised security couriers that are governed by local policies and procedures.
Please feel free to contact the CPS team with any queries you may have via email – firstname.lastname@example.org