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This guide to the disclosure provisions of the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 and police, forensic and defence investigation is essential for defence lawyers. It explains how they can manage restrictions on the disclosure of unused material, and deal with the requirement to give a written defence disclosure statement.
The book shows solicitors how to practise 'active defence' - systematically taking the prosecution case apart to expose its weaknesses and investigating the case for the defence. It also contains the Code of Practice under Part II of CPIA 1996, the main disclosure rules and other useful reference material including a forensic glossary. This new completely revised edition reflects the practical experience gained by lawyers since the Act's introduction and recommends a new approach to drafting the defence statement.
It includes the new rules on third party disclosure and the changes resulting from the new Narey provisions. Practical advice on investigating the scene has also been greatly expanded.