It is really good and uplifting to see both sides of the profession cooperating on the exposure of the serious threat to British Justice that the recent disclosure failure cases have highlighted. We know that the crisis is far from limited to Rape allegations but applies across a whole range of offences.
It is especially good to see our national Broadcaster, the BBC, also prepared to cover the issue in such depth.
Last week a new survey on disclosure was announced.
The BBC became involved and expressed a keen interest on running the survey in conjunction with CLSA/LCCSA and CBA.
The BBC would like to hear from the profession about the disclosure concerns behind the headlines – identifying disclosure issues that arise on a day-to-day basis in the police stations, Magistrates’ and Crown Courts.
Please spread this survey far and wide and on social media and encourage all your colleagues to participate.
It is my hope that we will see more cross profession cooperation as we fight together to save the tattered reputation of UK justice before it is lost for ever. It is also my hope that the tide has now turned and more mainstream media will print the truth and view MOJ propaganda with the scepticism it deserves. We knew and predicted the serious risk miscarriages of justice caused by both Prosecution failure and the past unwillingness of the Courts to hold them to account.
Now is the time to tell the world what our Criminal Justice System has become. How neglect, underinvestment and disingenuous on the part of the the MOJ has brought our justice system nearly to its knees. We need to ensure all take part. It needs to be a major discussion point in the advocates/robing/waiting rooms in all our courts and at the police stations. This present generation of lawyers fights back. We have had enough. We blog. We tweet. We post. We are beginning to be listened to. Our focus in on Justice for the people of the UK and we will not be silenced. Spread the word.
Well done CLSA. Well done CBA. Well done LCCSA and well done BBC for giving this issue the airtime the nation deserves as its freedoms are increasingly compromised by the evidential disclosure abuses which have been taking us back to the bad days of the Guildford four and Birmingham six we had hoped had been left behind but now threaten every citizen of the UK again.
The survey only takes a few minutes to complete. All responses will be treated confidentially. Closing date is Monday 19th February.