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.
- 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.
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