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Hello, Lily here, thank you for getting back to me. I understand that Chief Investigating Officers in serious or complicated criminal cases use "Policy books". (Ie; in the ongoing Hillsborough Disaster inquiry it has transpired that "Policy books" have been lost, altered or tampered with). Please can you tell me a bit more about why and what they are used for and can a defence Lawyer request disclosure of it, (or them) if more than one exists, and is there a particular protocol that needs to be followed when asking for said disclosure?. Thank you.
Alex Watts : Any public body in order to reach decisions must have policies.
Alex Watts : They need to have a policy on any particular subject. The organisation must be clear and transparent.
Alex Watts : This is so members of the public know where they stand.
Alex Watts : Take planning for example.
Alex Watts : If a local authority did not have policies the decisions would be arbitrary.
Alex Watts : People need to know where they stand.
Alex Watts : So the Police would have policies on different matters which may take the format of a book.
Alex Watts : A policy which is being challenged for example by Judicial Review would be disclosed during proceedings.
Alex Watts : There is a step called disclosure.
Alex Watts : Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
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