1st Edition

The Law of Disclosure
A Perennial Problem in Criminal Justice

Edited By

Ed Johnston


Tom Smith

ISBN 9780367420147
Published December 18, 2020 by Routledge
134 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

This edited collection explores the topic of disclosure of evidence and information in the criminal justice process. 

The book critically analyses the major issues driving the long-standing problem of dysfunctional disclosure practice, with contributions from academics, lawyers, former police officers, and current police policymakers. The ultimate objective is to review the key problems at the investigative, trial and post-conviction stages of criminal proceedings, and to suggest a way forward through potential routes of reform, both legal and cultural. The collection represents a significant and novel contribution to the policy debate regarding disclosure, and advances thought on resolving this issue in a fair and sustainable manner. 

The book provides a valuable resource for academics, practitioners and policymakers working on this vital aspect of criminal procedure.

Table of Contents


Foreword by Prof. Ed Cape p.


Chapter 1 - The Rise of Managerialism: The Impact of Swift and (Un)sure Justice on Disclosure in Criminal Proceedings
Dr. Ed Johnston

Chapter 2 - Something to work with’: Contemporary issues with pre-charge police disclosure and the role of the defence lawyer
Stephen Davies and Dr. Ed Johnston with Anthony Edwards

Chapter 3 - Changing culture? Thinking differently about police and prosecution disclosure
Dr. Tom Smith

Chapter 4 - ‘Hidden in plain sight’: The influence of culture on the police approach to disclosure
David Houchin and Nick Caveney

Chapter 5 – A Search for New Solutions to the Disclosure Problem: Behavioural and Empirical Perspectives
Libby Potten and Fiona McLean

Chapter 6 – Uncovering Disclosure Errors: Appeals, Innocence Projects and the Criminal Cases Review Commission
Dr Hannah Quirk

Concluding Thoughts

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Ed Johnston is a Senior Lecturer in Law, Bristol Law School, University of the West of England (UWE), UK.

Tom Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Law, Bristol Law School, University of the West of England (UWE), UK.