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The CPIA and Disclosure – Recent Developments


Speaker: Clive Smith

Date: Thursday 24th June, 2021

Time: 13:30 - 16:30

Areas of Law: Criminal


Course Code: S4569


Disclosure generally and sexual offences in particular, has been a significant area of focus in recent years.  From collapsed cases, to “digital strip-searches”, sexual offences raise many issues for the criminal lawyer.

To deal with this, there has been significant case-law in this area along with a newly published guideline by the Attorney-General on disclosure.

In addition, the law of disclosure has evolved to require more and more of the defence in relation to case management.  This course will consider what the requirement to put your “cards on the table” means in practise.

This course is aimed at anyone wanting to update their knowledge generally on disclosure, and for those who would like to get a better understanding of the law relating specifically to sexual offences.

What this course will cover:

  • Brief refresher on CPIA duties
  • Defence disclosure requirements – can inferences be drawn under s. 11?
  • Disclosure of digital evidence generally
  • Disclosure in sexual offences
  • What is a reasonable line of enquiry in a sexual offence case?
  • What if the complainant doesn’t want to disclose evidence – is that the end of the case?

Can’t make the date/time or need to revisit the training? No problem, booking onto this event means you will receive a link to access a recording of the event at your leisure! The link will be sent within approx 72hrs of live broadcast & be available for approx. 3 months, to view as many times as you wish.

Speaker Biographies

Clive Smith

Called to the Bar in 2003, Clive has practiced criminal law for well over a decade, mainly defending.  In practice Clive has undertaken the full range of criminal offences, from theft and robbery, to rape and murder.  Clive has extensive experience in dealing with difficult and complex cases involving amongst other things phone evidence, DNA evidence, vulnerable witnesses and firearms.

Clive has taught on a variety of areas such as advocacy, criminal evidence, practice and procedure, bad character, hearsay and has also been a lead facilitator on behalf of The Law Society providing “Advocacy & the Vulnerable” courses to practitioners.


Member £105
Non-member £150
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