Guidance

Attorney General’s guidelines on disclosure 2013

Revised guidance on how to apply the disclosure regime contained in the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 (CPIA)

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Attorney General’s guidelines on disclosure for investigators, prosecutors and defence practitioners 2013

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These guidelines are issued by the Attorney General for investigators, prosecutors and defence practitioners on the application of the disclosure regime contained in the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 (CPIA). The guidelines emphasise the importance of prosecution-led disclosure and the importance of applying the CPIA regime in a ‘thinking manner’, tailored, where appropriate, to the type of investigation or prosecution in question.

The guidelines do not contain the detail of the disclosure regime; they outline the high level principles which should be followed when the disclosure regime is applied.

They replace the existing ‘Attorney General’s guidelines on disclosure’ issued in 2005 and the supplementary guidelines on digital material issued in 2011, which is an annex to the general guidelines.

The guidelines are intended to operate alongside the Judicial protocol on the disclosure of unused material in criminal cases