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Investigation Skills training:

Criminal Procedures and Investigations Act 1996 (CPIA) Operational Guidance – Refresher

Duration: Half a day

Our investigation skills courses have been developed by our Head of Investigative Skills, Chris Davies. Chris is an experienced former police detective and fully qualified crime trainer with experience of developing training courses for the College of Policing.

Who is it for?

For investigators and disclosure officers who have a previous knowledge and understanding of the CPIA but who require a refresher of the operational basics and an update of the changes that have been introduced in the new AG Guidelines on Disclosure and CPIA Codes of Practice 2020.
Note: This course is also suitable for prosecutors or defence solicitors who require a brief update of the changes that have been introduced in the new guidance.

What does this course cover?

• The new AG Guidelines and new Codes of Practice
• Criminal investigations / recording
• Role of an investigator / investigative responsibilities
• Reasonable lines of enquiry / What is evidence?
• The CPIA … The 6 R’s / Responsibilities / Pre-Charge Engagement / Charging / Common Law obligations / Role of Disclosure Officer / Material (incl. relevance & negative material)
• The forms / descriptions / sensitivity / the disclosure test
• The new ‘Presumption’ list (Mandatory items) / Editing / Public Interest Immunity (P.I.I)
• Disclosure management and scheduling processes in Magistrates (TSJ) and Crown Courts (BCM)
• Continuing duty to review
• Defence statements
• Digital material (communications evidence) incl. DMD
• Closure / questions / feedback

Learning Objectives:

    • To understand criminal investigations and the responsibilities placed upon investigators.
    • To understand the meaning of evidence, unused material, relevance, sensitivity, and the test for disclosure.
    • To understand the Common Law and CPIA obligations placed upon investigators.
    • To understand how to describe, edit and schedule unused material onto the relevant forms including mandatory items, the Disclosure Management Document and pre charge engagement.
    • To understand how the CPIA operates within the prosecution process, the Criminal Justice System, subsequent Court hearings, Public Interest Immunity (PII) and defence statements.
    • To understand the changes introduced within the new Attorney Generals Guidelines and new CPIA Codes of Practice.

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For more information please contact us.


Telephone 0843 4559 999