An Analysis of Disclosure Failings in Murder Appeals against Conviction 2006–2018

Dargue, Paul (2020) An Analysis of Disclosure Failings in Murder Appeals against Conviction 2006–2018. Criminal Law Review, 2020 (8). pp. 702-722. ISSN 0011-135X

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Abstract

This article considers alleged disclosure failings in relation to the offence ofmurder. A sample of 58 murder appeals against conviction, and renewedapplications for permission to appeal, has been analysed. The article highlightswhat kind of errors are most frequently alleged to have occurred, and which aremost likely to lead to the quashing of a conviction. Particular issues are highlighted around the police handling of key prosecution witnesses, which is found to be a significant source of undisclosed material. The Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)’s interpretation of the safety test in disclosure cases is critiqued. The recent implementation of the National Disclosure Improvement Plan has highlighted the necessity of cultural change with regards to disclosure. Some of the cases within this sample evidence the need for cultural change. It is suggested that more straightforward messaging by the Court of Appeal would assist.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M200 Law by Topic
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2020 08:26
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2020 14:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43429

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