Westminster Legal Policy Forum

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


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

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


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

Delegate Pack

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


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates