What is Disclosure? In a criminal trial the prosecution are obliged, in advance of a trial, to disclose the evidence which they have. This includes all the evidence including that which it doesn’t intent to use but could assist with the defence.
Disclosure in criminal cases has recently come under intense scrutiny following the collapse of a number of prosecutions due to police failures to investigate or disclose information to the defence.
In what the newspapers are calling an “unprecedented move”, the Metropolitan Police have applied for a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) to be imposed in a case involving teenagers and young adult defendants that will prohibit them from making “drill” music. This application follows the position recently taken by the Metropolitan Police and reported in the media that drill music is responsible for an escalation in serious youth violence.
World Cup 2018 is fast approaching. The England manager Gareth Southgate named his team last week. Some of us are daring to dream.
But the very same day that the team was announced, some elements of media were already developing a very different (if sadly predictable) narrative. Sky’s Kaveh Solhekol tweeted apparent “sanctions for causing trouble in Russia this summer”, which was picked up by numerous football fans’ pages across social media. Last week, ITV’s Tonight programme ran a special episode with interviews from both British police and Russian hooligans, warning travelling England fans against wearing their colours or singing their songs. It’s apparent that disorder in Russia is not just feared, but expected.