Quisling Judge Jarvis Refused to ask defence lawyers for a defence statement at my Plea and Case Management Hearing
Before a criminal trial starts in the Crown Court, the prosecution must disclose to the defence any materials which they have not previously disclosed regardless of whether it could help or hinder the prosecutions case. Once this is done, there is a duty on the defence team under the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 (CPIA 1996) to submit a defence case statement to the prosecutor and the court.
There is no such duty on the defence in the magistrates court (although they may choose to do so); however, the accused must provide details of their witnesses.
Once the defence case statement is submitted, the prosecution and/or investigating officers may wish to make further enquiries based on the information given. This may in turn require the prosecution to make further disclosure to the defence if new material arises.