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Disclosure Conference

11 April 2018 11:00 -

Fusehill Street campus, Carlisle CA1 2HH

Disclosure conference
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The problems of evidence disclosure

Our Policing and Law departments are teaming up to bring professionals and students together to debate the hot topic of disclosure in a unique conference.

Failure by police to share evidence with defence lawyers has led to the collapse of over 900 cases last year, including several rape trials. Most recently, Liam Allan was charged with 12 counts of rape and sexual assault, but his trial collapsed after police were ordered to hand over his phone records.

The event brings those with an interest in the profession right up to speed with the latest issues in the justice system and the chance to network with experts, including retired superintendent Paul Duhig of Cumbria Constabulary and former crown prosecutor Linda Vance, who will be heading up the debate on which side the fault lies when it comes to evidence not being properly disclosed in court cases.


11:00-11:40am Opening session, introductions and examination of the current situation regarding disclosure of evidence and unused material in criminal prosecutions
Iain Stainton, Senior Lecturer in Policing and Criminology, University of Cumbria
11:40-12:15pm Senior Investigating Officer Considerations and Responsibilities
Paul Duhig, Retired Superintendent, Cumbria Constabulary
12:15-1:00pm Refreshments and networking
1:00-1:30pm The Crown Prosecutor View.
Linda Vance, former Divisional Crown Prosecutor in Cumbria
1:30-2:00pm An International View on Disclosure
Nicoletta Policek, Associate Professor in Policing & Criminology, University of Cumbria
2:00-2:20pm The Impact of Technology
Ann Thanaraj, Principal Lecturer in Law, University of Cumbria
2:20-3:00pm Open discussion forum

Linda Vance

Linda Vance, National Law Conference 2018Job Title: Former Divisional Crown Prosecutor in Cumbria 

Linda now uses her expertise gained through practising law to help give back to the community.

Her roles include: Part time Law Lecturer at Cumbria University, NHS Governor for Cumbria Partnership Trust, Non-Executive Director, Member of the Police Commissioners Scrutiny Panel and Trustee of local charity Safetynet based in Carlisle helping victims of domestic and sexual abuse.

Ann Thanaraj

Job title: Principal Lecturer in Law

Having been Called to the Bar of England and Wales, Ann is a practicing academic and Principal Lecturer in Law at the University of Cumbria. Ann provides strategic leadership for the continuous quality assurance and enhancement of the teaching and learning opportunities and assessments of her undergraduate and postgraduate campus-based, online and collaborative partnership programmes in Law.

Iain Stainton

Iain Stainton, Iain StaintonJob title: Senior Lecturer in Policing and Criminology

Iain joined the University of Cumbria in 2011 following 32 years of police service. During the course of his Police career, Iain served in mainly detective roles ranging from C.I.D to Special Branch, receiving a number of commendations for his work. This experience led to him delivering training on behalf of National Police Improvement Agency in covert techniques, together with investigative training to officers in the UK and overseas.

Nicoletta Policek

Job title: Associate Professor

Paul Duhig

Job title: Retired Superintendent, Cumbria Constabulary

How to get here


The Fusehill Street campus is easily accessible. The postcode for sat navs is CA1 2HH.

Leaving the M6 at junction 43 bear left onto Warwick Road for approximately 1.5 miles before turning left onto Greystone Road. Take the sixth left turn onto Fusehill Street. The campus entrance is on your right hand side.


Limited free parking is available on campus. Please collect a permit from one of our helpful student ambassadors on the day. Alternative parking is available at Cecil Street Car Park. Click here for directions.


Carlisle railway station is about a ten minute walk from campus. Taxis are readily available outside the railway station.