Michael Gove urged to stop ‘reckless and irresponsible’ destruction of Crown Court records

Making a Murderer shows the ‘more transparent’ US justice system [Image: Synthesis Films].

Making a Murderer shows the ‘more transparent’ US justice system [Image: Synthesis Films].

Court transcripts are now kept digitally so there is no argument that Crown Court records take up too much space, therefore the argument in favour of retaining them to prevent miscarriages of justice is persuasive.

Will Michael Gove pay any attention at all? Doubtful.

He is, after all, Michael Gove.

Important court transcripts which could help prevent miscarriages of justice are being systematically destroyed under Government guidelines. The Secretary of State for Justice, Michael Gove, has been urged to intervene to stop the “reckless and irresponsible” destruction of Crown Court records.

Leading justice campaigners including Michael Mansfield QC, and Paddy Hill, wrongly convicted of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings, are calling for an urgent end to the disposal rules. They argue that the records, now stored digitally, should be available indefinitely.

Serious shortcomings in the UK system have been highlighted by the television documentary series Making a Murderer, about the conviction of Steven Avery in the US for a murder he says he didn’t commit. The series revealed that defence lawyers fighting to free him from prison were able to use extensive court records from a 2005 case.

“For all the serious issues Making a Murderer reveal about the US justice system, they highlight a criminal justice process that is far more accountable and transparent than our own,” the campaigners say.

Source: Michael Gove urged to stop ‘reckless and irresponsible’ destruction of Crown Court records

Join the Vox Political Facebook page.

If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!

Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
(
but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.

Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here:

SWAHTprint SWAHTeBook

5 thoughts on “Michael Gove urged to stop ‘reckless and irresponsible’ destruction of Crown Court records

  1. Jeffery Davies

    Well he dumbed down the schools now he wants to dumb down justice it seems the torys want those norman laws back jeff3

  2. David Woods

    I bet the ones disappearing first will be MP,Lords and the rich!

    Just like all of Blair’s expense accounts were ‘accidentally’ shredded by a ‘newly hired temp’; and strangely ‘just’ before they were all exposed as light fingered thieves dipping into the public purse; and we all remember how Cherie liked to shop!

  3. David Woods

    Sorry, we can’t follow up on previous considerations on paedophile MP’s sadly all the records have unfortunately been destroyed!

Comments are closed.