Horizon IT System: Convictions and Prosecutions

(asked on 20th May 2024) - View Source

Question to the Department for Business and Trade:

To ask His Majesty's Government whether they commissioned one or more independent legal opinions before deciding not to quash the convictions and prosecutions of sub-postmasters by the Department of Work and Pensions in relation to the Post Office Horizon IT scandal.

Answered by
Lord Offord of Garvel Portrait
Lord Offord of Garvel
This question was answered on 23rd May 2024

I can confirm that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) instructed Counsel to advise on its duty of post-conviction disclosure and that advice included a consideration of the nature of its prosecutions.

The advice considered cases that had been brought before the Court of Appeal in which DWP evidence was scrutinised.

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