Getting prosecution information - Criminal trials
For most offences in the Magistrates Court, you can also request copies of the following documents after you have entered a plea of 'not guilty'
- written statements signed by you and written records of interview
- prosecution witness statements, and
- copies of other evidence that the prosecution intends to tender at trial.
This is called requesting disclosure. Get legal advice about whether the police have to provide disclosure in your case.
How to request disclosure
To request disclosure, you must write to the investigating officer named in the Statement of Material Facts and request disclosure.
Time frame for getting disclosure
If the prosecution are required to provide disclosure, they must do so at least 28 days before the trial.
What to do with disclosure
Try and get some legal advice. A lawyer can help you:
- Narrow the issues in dispute and identify the key points you need to address at the trial.
- Review all of the information provided by the prosecution and address any issues raised in the prosecution witness statements.
- Prepare your lines of questioning for the trial.