CPIA Disclosure

Criminal Procedure & Investigations Act 1996

Target audience

Those who have the role of “Disclosure Officer” in criminal investigations.


To enable delegates to comply with disclosure requirements in accordance with Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996.


On course completion, delegates should be able to:

  • identify when legislation applies
  • understand the association with Article 6 Right to a Fair Trial and abuse of process arguments by the defence
  • use Codes of Practice
  • define roles within disclosure process and identify stage they should be established
  • identify “relevant” unused material
  • identify sensitive and non-sensitive material
  • complete sensitive, non-sensitive material schedules and disclosure officer declaration
  • prevent disclosure of sensitive information and investigation methodology
  • identify unused material that may assist defence or undermine prosecution
  • perform disclosure process to prosecutor and defence
  • understand defence statement requirements and inferences that can be drawn
  • manage practical issues such as joint working, management of large and complex volumes of material, expert witness material and third party material
  • explain relationship of CPIA with PII (Public Interest Immunity)
  • refer to recent case studies to identify best practice and consequences of failure to comply with Act

Core activities


  • unused material
  • what material to disclosure
  • non-sensitive material
  • sensitive material

NOS: National Occupational Standards

This course includes the assessment criteria for a disclosure officer.


Dates and prices

Duration2 days
2018Tue 3rd Jul → Wed 4th Jul
Delegate cost£250 + VAT
LocationYarnfield, Stone, Staffordshire

Costs and details

Prior learning

Completion of:

  • Fire Safety Enforcement course or
  • Investigation, Enforcement and Regulation course or
  • Equivalent investigation and regulatory experience

Pre-course module

Case study.


Sessions will be delivered using PowerPoint, flipchart, interactive group discussion, individual tuition, case study and practical exercises.

Post course

Delegates have six weeks to submit their course work.

Additional information

Our course is designed to ensure compliance with the law relating to the management of material gathered during criminal investigations – material distinct from that which is used as evidence to prove a case.

Failed prosecutions are often associated with non-compliance with this legislation via its link to Article 6 of the Human Rights Act which is concerned with right to a Fair Trial and opportunity to prepare a proper defence.

Appropriate training minimises the risk of failed prosecutions and their consequences in terms of costs, compensation claims, forced disclosure of sensitive information and reputational harm.