The Criminal Case Disclosure Conference (CCDC) applies to certain criminal offences such as those which are to be tried in the District Court and specified in the Second Schedule of the Criminal Procedure Code 2010.
If your lawyer advises that there may be a CCDC for your case, you can instruct him/her on whether or not you want to be part of this process.
The purpose of a CCDC is for the Prosecution and your lawyer to settle the following matters before a Court:
- To set out the Case for the Prosecution and the Case for the Defence.
- Issues of fact or law on which the trial Judge is to decide.
- List of witnesses to be called by the Prosecution and the Defence.
- The statements, documents or exhibits which both Prosecution and Defence intend to admit at trial.
- The trial date.
The Case for the Prosecution should contain what they intend to rely on at your trial. These include, the charge(s) which the Prosecution intends to proceed with at the trial, summary of the facts in support of the charge(s), list of names of the witnesses for the Prosecution, list of exhibits that the Prosecution wants to admit at the trial, and any statement you made at any time that was recorded by an officer of a law enforcement agency.
The Case for the Defence should contain your facts of your defence, list of the names of witnesses you and/or your lawyer wish to rely on, list of exhibits your lawyer intends to submit, objections (if any), and issues of fact and points of law in support of such an objection.
Why might the criminal case disclosure process be made available only to cases tried in the district courts, and within the second schedule of the CPC?