14 May 2024
Vara calls for Post Office lawyers who prosecuted sub-postmasters in the Horizon scandal to be held to account

Shailesh Vara calls on the Government to ensure Post Office lawyers responsible for prosecuting the sub-postmasters in Horizon scandal are held to account.

Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire) (Con)

I appreciate that an inquiry is being conducted regarding the Horizon scandal, but what is the Department doing to hold to account those lawyers who prosecuted sub-postmasters despite the evidence being to the contrary?

The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (Alex Chalk)

Anybody who appears in court, but particularly prosecutors, must be mindful of their solemn and sacred duty to disclose material to the defence that might reasonably be considered capable of undermining the case for the prosecution—that is literally the most important rule. If they failed in this case, I would expect the appropriate authorities to take robust and prompt action.