Westminster Legal Policy Forum

Evidence gathering and prosecution rates - forensic science, witness statements and the processing of digital evidence

TO BE PUBLISHED March 2020


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 key issues for forensic evidence and prosecutions :


  • Concerns over conviction rates  - with statistics from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) showing that prosecutions of rape cases are at their lowest levels in over a decade;
  • Increasing protection of vulnerable witnesses  - in light of CPS changes to guidance;
  • Provision of forensic science services - with 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.

The agenda


  • Public confidence in the CPS and understanding of the courts system - how it can be increased;
  • Witness statements - improving its use, and current shortfalls and priorities for change;
  • Use of evidence in criminal cases - changes to cross-examination, written statements, and improving crime-solving rates;
  • Technology in evidence gathering and disclosure - its use and impact;
  • Forensic science and criminal justice - standards, statutory powers, and investment in R&D; and
  • Digital evidence - disclosure, new developments, the secure processing of personal information, and how its increased use is affecting the criminal justice system.


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


Shortly after every Westminster Legal Policy Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes

Presentations

Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval


Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda

Q&A

Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Articles

Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates