Can a defence request access to police exhibits?
If the defence request facilities to inspect exhibits their request should normally be granted unless you have grounds for suspecting some improper motive. If the exhibits are held by the police you should ask the defence to make arrangements with the police direct. You should tell the police to expect an approach.
When do exhibits have to be given to the court?
After the pretrial conference and rulings on exhibits, two binders of the final exhibits will be required to be given to the Court no later than the day before trial. Each binder should also include a summary checklist page for the Court to track admission of exhibits during trial.
How can I get exhibits taken away from Crown Court?
In Crown Court cases you should ask the court to consider the defence request to take exhibits away. You should invite the court to impose conditions similar to those mentioned above in magistrate’s court cases.
What to do if exhibits are retained by someone else?
Where the exhibits are retained by someone else (e.g. the owner of stolen goods) arrangements for defence access must be made in writing. You should contact the owner, via the police, and then write to the owner, confirming that the defence should be allowed access on production of a letter.
Can a court refuse to admit an exhibit?
Without a proper foundation, the court may refuse to admit certain exhibits and you could find that your key evidence is inadmissible at trial.
What is an exhibit list in a trial?
An exhibit list is a court document that lists all the exhibits that you intend to (or may) use at trial. You’ll need to check your jurisdiction to find out precisely what information an exhibit list in your district includes or requires.
What do you mean by exhibit in court?
According to Black’s Law Dictionary (11th ed. 2019), an exhibit (in court) is a “document, record, or other tangible object formally introduced as evidence in court.” In this article, we will focus primarily on document exhibits.
How are exhibits introduced in a criminal case?
According to Black’s Law Dictionary (11th ed. 2019), an exhibit (in court) is a “document, record, or other tangible object formally introduced as evidence in court.” In this article, we will focus primarily on document exhibits. In simple terms, exhibits provide an easy way for the court to categorize and keep track of the evidence in a case.