CCRC may hold off subpostmaster decision until after Post Office Horizon trial
Investigators from the Criminal Courts Review Commission (CCRC), which is taking a look into subpostmaster claims of unfair trials, are to come to a decision whether or not to stay up for the end result of a separate High Court trial ahead of making a decision.
In April 2015, the CCRC started reviewing about 30 claims from subpostmasters that they have been wrongfully prosecuted for offences comparable to robbery and false accounting, because of issues of the Post Office’s Horizon IT device during which they report accounts.
Although separate, the assessment is intrinsically related to a team litigation order (GLO) recently being heard within the High Court. More than 500 former subpostmasters are in search of damages for the struggling they skilled after some have been closely fined, others needed to pay again 1000’s of kilos in shortfalls, and a few have been even despatched to jail on account of unexplained discrepancies in accounts. The subpostmasters blame the Horizon device for the mistakes.
In 2009, Computer Weekly published the tales of a few subpostmasters who had won heavy fines and prison phrases for alleged false accounting, which they blamed on Horizon (see timeline underneath for all Computer Weekly protection).
In a letter to a subpostmaster concerned within the investigation, the CCRC wrote: “The present place is that the commissioners are being comprehensively briefed on the result of the CCRC enquiries thus far.
“A key point for the commissioners to decide in the first instance will be whether or not the CCRC must wait for the judgement(s) of the High Court case in the Post Office group litigation which is currently being heard, before any decisions can be issued in the CCRC cases which are under review.”
The commissioners are because of meet in December to talk about the instances.
This may just imply subpostmasters who’re having their instances checked out by way of the CCRC would possibly have to attend until after the High Court trial finishes in October 2019 for a decision.
The present trial is the primary of 3 deliberate and is because of end this week. A judgement on it’s anticipated in January. This trial is targeted at the contractual courting between subpostmasters and the Post Office. In March 2019, there will probably be a 2nd trial to have a look at the Horizon generation, adopted by way of a 3rd trial in October 2019 which is able to focal point on some person instances.