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Speech by Lord Justice Gross: Disclosure – Again


My theme tonight can be summarised in a number of propositions:

  • The law is satisfactory; the application of the law is not
  • Disclosure must be seen as integral to the criminal justice process – not as a tiresome add-on
  • The police need an “investigative mindset”
  • Terminology needs to change, differentiating where appropriate between “complainants” and “victims”, while treating all with respect
  • There is no place for lingering fallacies
  • Resources must be addressed
  • Robust case management is and remains essential
  • Technology created some of today’s problems; technology/ AI will very likely solve them but not imminently

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