Morning, Thursday, 19th March 2020
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This conference will be a timely opportunity to consider the treatment and effective use of evidence in the criminal justice system - including the delivery of forensic science services and the challenges arising from the growth of digital forms of evidence.
The agenda includes keynote addresses from: Max Hill QC, Director, Public Prosecutions, Crown Prosecution Service; Dr Gillian Tully, Forensic Science Regulator and Chief Constable Nick Ephgrave, Lead for Criminal Justice, National Police Chief's Council.
The seminar is timed to consider developments including:
- Statistics from the Crown Prosecution Service showing that prosecutions of rape cases are at their lowest levels in over a decade, amid wider concerns over conviction rates;
- CPS changes to the guidance aimed at increasing protection of vulnerable witness;
- Concerns over the market in forensic science, a government commitment to giving the Forensic Science Regulator statutory powers, and the creation of a Forensic Science Board; and
- Pressure on law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and services that are being linked to funding, as well as an increasing volume of digital evidence.
- Increasing public confidence in the CPS and understanding of the courts system;
- Improving the use of witness statements - current shortfalls and priorities for change;
- The changing use of evidence in criminal cases - cross-examination, written statements, and improving crime-solving rates;
- The use of technology in evidence gathering and disclosure;
- Forensic science and criminal justice - standards, statutory powers, and investment in R&D; and
- The increasing use of digital evidence - disclosure, innovation, and the secure processing of personal information.