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In 2020 the BEIS Permanent Secretary reprimanded the Post Office chairman Tim Parker for failing to disclose Jonathan Swift's report to the Post Office Board on advice from the Post Office General Counsel Jane MacLeod. Sarah Munby says: "We understand that you were advised...
... at the time by the Post Office's General Counsel that for reasons of confidentiality and preserving legal privilege the circulation of the report should be strictly controlled....
... Nevertheless, given the background of parliamentary interest, the fact that your review was commissioned by the Minister responsible for the Post Office and the potential significance of the recommendations made by Jonathan Swift QC...
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Patrick Green QC, lead counsel for the claimants in Bates v Post Office has just said:

"The Review is an incredibly important document and we would have wished to have shown it to the Court if it had been available to us.”
Richard Moorhead, Professor of Law and Professional Ethics at Exeter University has read the Review and says the points made about remote access seem to be "a bit of a show stopper both for its impact on potential appeals and on the Bates v Post Office litigation...
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Welcome to the longest queue so far outside Fairfax County Court, Virginia for the beginning of Week 3 of DeppvHeard. Johnny Depp’s cross-examination is expected to conclude today.
I am told the witness schedule for today is likely to be as follows (subject to change):

Johnny Depp
Ben King - house manager in Australia (who found the tip of JD’s finger) - in person.
Tara Roberts - island estate manager
Managed to spend the first part of today in court before diving out to do an as live for @5_News (on air now in the UK).

There was a 24 minute delay this morning before the jury filed in.

Then JD’s xe resumed - short audio clips were played in. Some were indistinct, but in...
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Tomorrow will be the final day of Johnny Depp’s evidence in #DeppvHeard at Fairfax County Court, Virginia. I’ll be in court. If you want to sign up to my newsletter for the rest of the trial (for a one-off donation), this is the link:

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If you want to follow the podcast, youtube channel, instagram or find links to my other work, it’s all in this link tree:

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Tomorrow is also quite a special day for another reason…

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… at 8pm BST tomorrow on BBC1 there will be a one-hour Panorama special on the Post Office. It’s actually quite an emotional watch. If you miss it go out in the TV schedule it will be up shortly after on the BBC iplayer here:

bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00…

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Okay @ArchNichola is being sworn in as the last witness of the day. She is the also the last sworn witness of this current phase of human impact statements. This is Nicki’s story - it’s well worth reading:
postofficetrial.com/2019/09/i-hate…

#PostOfficeScandal Nichola Arch
@ArchNichola Julian Blake (JB) is asking the questions.
@ArchNichola Nicki (NA) is talking about her background working as a relief worker in Post Offices around Stroud. By 1998 she was at Chalford Hill PO. The SPM passed away with terminal cancer. Her husband applied to take over and appointed NA to run it.
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Welcome to day 10 of the public impact hearings of the Statutory Inquiry into the Post Office Horizon scandal. Today we will hear from Seema Misra, Janet Skinner and Tracy Felstead. All three women went to prison. All three had their convictions quashed at the Court of Appeal...
on 23 April 2021. They and their legal team had fought hard to argue the case that their convictions weren’t just unsafe, but an affront to the conscience of the court. That means it should never have been brought. The Post Office used all the legal firepower at its disposal...
… to try to stop this. It is certainly possible that were it not for Janet, Seema and Tracy, the Clarke Advice (which proved the Post Office knew it was responsible for unsafe prosecutions in 2013) may not have been made public. It is a racing certainty that had their...
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Just dropped into the inquiry to finally meet Malcolm and Lesley Simpson who I have corresponded with for a while now and have a great affection for. Malcolm is currently describing to the inquiry how he came to be a Postmasters at Box Grove Post Office.
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I won’t tweet everything he says as the inquiry is being streamed almost-live on youtube here:

youtube.com/channel/UCgijU…
Malcolm didn’t really want to take over the Post Office within his shop (in 2007), but when the existing Subpostmaster [SPM] retired he took it over “I wasn’t 100% happy about it… but it was there, it was an asset to the village”

Malcolm says of his training...
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Hello followers of the Post Office Horizon Scandal. I am going to attempt to live tweet the BEIS Select Committee hearing during which the Post Office CEO Nick Read is being grilled. You can watch it live here:

parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/b9…

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Darren Jones, the committee chair starts of calling Mr Read “Nick” which is very chummy and asking him why he can’t give proper compensation to everyone.

Read says it’s difficult. He wants to be thorough and get it right. On the GLO settlement for the 555...
… Read says he can “empathise” and has been working with govt and encouraging govt to compensate them properly.

Jones asks the question again - what is stopping you from giving full settlement to everyone.

Read says he doesn’t have the resources. 950 prosecuted, 736 had...
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Oh ffs - new info from the Post Office Horizon Inquiry incoming:

"UPDATE FROM CHAIR REGARDING THE LIST OF ISSUES, PARAGRAPH 183
The Inquiry has updated the Completed List of Issues to include an additional footnote in relation to Issue No. 183.In addressing...
“… paragraph 183, the Chair will consider whether all affected sub-postmasters, sub-postmistresses, managers and assistants, were adequately compensated for the wrongs they suffered….
“… The additional footnote confirms that this includes the 555 Claimants in the group litigation of Alan Bates and Others v Post Office Limited case [2019] EWHC 34308 (QB).”

This confirms the assurance given to solicitors Howe and Co that compensation for the 555...
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Well this is interesting. Nick Read - Post Office CEO, and Paul Scully - business minister, are going to appear before the BEIS Select Committee on Tuesday next week to answer questions about compensation for Subpostmasters. Tom Cooper, the government civil servant and PO...
… director (who sat on the board throughout its disastrous, expensive, and - some would say immoral - civil litigation defence) will also be answering questions.

There are three distinct tranches of Postmasters requiring compensation….
1) Those going through the government funded, Post Office-operated Historical Shortfall Scheme. Alistair Carmichael MP has already raised serious concerns about its fairness in the HoC (postofficescandal.uk/post/compensat…)...
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Welcome to court 4 of the Royal Courts of Justice where we are expecting seven appellants to have their convictions quashed. There follows a live-tweet thread of what is happening in court... Save our Subpostmasters banner being held up outside the RCJ
The two people holding the banner in the last tweet are Eleanor Shaikh, a customer who became so outraged by the Post Office’s treatment of her Subpostmaster Chirag Sidphura that she became a campaigner. Read Chirag’s story here:

postofficetrial.com/2019/09/chirag…

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Just out of shot on the right is Pete Murray whose story is extraordinary. The Post Office tried to ruin him and very nearly succeeded. His story can be read here.

postofficetrial.com/2019/05/the-po…
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Good morning from Southwark Crown Court. The building opened at 8am and courts are sitting earlier than usual to get through a backlog of cases. We are expecting six Subpostmaster appeals to be heard at 0930 today. Live tweet thread follows...

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The Subpostmasters involved are:

• Mohammed Aslam, who  pleaded guilty to false accounting at Newport Magistrates’ Court on 23rd January 2007 and was sentenced to 60 hours of unpaid work and a £300 fine...
• Amanda Barber, who pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation at Warrington Magistrates’ Court on 6th June 2012 and was sentenced to 100 hours of unpaid work...
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Good morning from the first Post Office Horizon IT inquiry open hearing. It is being held at Juxon House in London in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral. Proceedings start at 11am.
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Already, Howe and Co, who are representing 151 Subpostmasters have made a submission to change the name of the inquiry to the Post Office Inquiry, to ensure the inquiry looks at all aspects of the PO and govt’s behaviour - not just the IT system.
I am sitting next to my colleague from Panorama (Tim) to my left and the NFSP to my right. We are separated by clear perspex screens. On Tim’s left is Tom Witherow from the Daily Mail.
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Made it! Did get time to take a photo outside court, so here is the RCJ in all its glory in November 2020.

Live-tweeting from Court 4 begins. We are underway.
Please note that all tweets just paraphrase and describe what is being said, they are NOT verbatim. Only words in “direct quotes” are direct quotes.

There are now only 30 appeals being considered as the one has fallen away.
The Post Office is now not opposing 12 appeals. It is opposing 14. Four appeals were DWP prosecutions. As the DWP prosecution function has been folded into the CPS, the CPS is dealing with those appeals and OPPOSING them.
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Late yesterday afternoon, at the University of Law in London, the barrister Paul Marshall delivered one of the most important speeches on the Post Office Horizon Scandal to date.

postofficetrial.com/2021/06/marsha…

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Mr Marshall pulls every detail of this appalling story out of the mud and connects the dots between the Post Office, Fujitsu the legal system and government. He explains why people are culpable and under what laws. He says:

"Post Office lawyers knew…

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… of information that would have provided a defence to defendants. Other lawyers knew of information that would have enabled convicted defendants to launch appeals to the Court of Appeal long, long before March 2021. I hope…

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Sky reporting Post Office Horizon IT inquiry to be made statutory at the request of existing inquiry chair. Massive victory for campaigning Subpostmasters.

news.sky.com/story/post-off…

(h/t @chrish9070)

Reaction to follow.

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@chrish9070 Lord Arbuthnot, who has campaigned for Subpostmasters more than a decade has reacted to saying: "Excellent news, but until there is proper compensation and the Government accepts that the settlement agreement was unfairly forced on the subpostmasters, we cannot rest."
The Post Office CEO is meeting MPs at 4pm today and a statement to the House is expected from the Postal Services minister @scullyp tomorrow.
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Good morning. Three weeks to the day after the amazing scenes outside the Court of Appeal where 39 Subpostmaster convictions were quashed, we are at Southwark Crown Court for two more cases to be decided.
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Parmod Kalia and Teju Adedayo are hoping to get their convictions quashed. My live-tweeting summarises and describes what is happening, it is not verbatim unless it is in “diret quotes.”

PO barrister on her feet setting out the case:
Parmod Kalia pleaded guilty on 17 Dec 2001 Bromley to one charge of theft of £22k. He was sentenced to 6 months in prison.

Teju (Tara) Adedayo on 19 Jan 2006 pleaded guilty to 3 charges of false accounting to £52k with 10 further offences of false accounting...
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It's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. Two years ago this week, whilst it was at the High Court spending tens of millions of pounds trying to deny Subpostmasters justice, the Post Office released a self-satisfied tweet announcing it had signed up to the #TimetoChange pledge to...
... support its employees mental health. This provoked a strong reaction from Subpostmasters who hold the Post Office responsible for completely trashing their mental health. It certainly got me thinking. I had never really focused on the mental health trauma suffered...
... by Subpostmasters before, so i started asking around to see if any Subpostmaster would be willing to let me tell their stories. Many did, including Nicki Arch who was prosecuted nearly 20 years ago and suffered a breakdown, Wendy Buffrey who had a complete...
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Blog post containing calls for a police investigation from a Tory peer updated with this from a leading Subpostmasters’ barrister:

"The Post Office knew from not later than 2013 that its systems were unreliable and...
…. that the Horizon system had the propensity to cause shortfalls not apparent to a Post Office branch terminal operator and that accordingly its evidence to the court in many cases was incomplete and misleading...
… That being so, why did the Post Office adopt the policy of denial...? Who devised that policy of denial and who implemented it?

Once those questions are addressed...
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Holy Moly - Post Office are contacting 540 criminalised Subpostmasters and others whose convictions might be unsafe. Given it prosecuted 736 and 45 have already had their convictions overturned we’re now into slam dunk biggest potential miscarriage of justice ever.
The Post Office legal team in 2013/4 need to be looking at themselves, including Chris Aujard, Rodric Williams (still at the PO) and Jarnail Singh. The CK Sift Review produced clear evidence of a couple of dozen potentially unsafe prosecutions in 2014.
That information was kept SECRET from MPs and the Justice for Subpostmasters Alliance. As I said a couple of days back - had that information been given to MPs and campaigners, then hundreds more prosecuted Subpostmasters would at least...
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Just remembered after several hours slaving over it I forgot to tweet my report from the court of appeal yesterday.

postofficetrial.com/2021/03/there-…

If a tree falls…

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I am on my way to court 71 of the Royal Courts of Justice to hopefully pick up the Depp v NGN ruling on Mr Depp’s application to appeal the High Court libel judgment against him. Then it will be a question of legging it to court 4 for the resumption of the CoA Subpostmasters...
… hearing.

If Johnny Depp’s application fails, that is the end of the legal road for him in this country on whether or not The Sun’s article, which called him a “wife-beater” is substantially true.
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Welcome to Court 4 of the Royal Courts of Justice for the first day of a 4 day hearing during which 42 former Subpostmasters are hoping to have their criminal convictions quahed. This will be a live-tweet thread of proceedings, due to start in 2 minutes…
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… I am one of two people from the media allowed in the main court. Sam Tobin from the Press Association is sitting on the press benches and I know Tom Witherow from the Daily Mail is trying to get in….
… So far this morning I think have bumped into Tracy Felstead, Jo Hamilton, Seema Misra, Janet Skinner and Nicki Arch - all campaigning Subpostmasters. It’s very strange as they are all here on their own - no partners or supporters have been allowed due to social distancing...
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NEW: The Government has been forced into announcing it will pay for Post Office Historical Shortfall Scheme stating: "The Scheme closed in August 2020 and received over 2,400 applications. This number was higher than the Post Office had anticipated...
… when the Scheme was established… However, the cost of the Scheme is beyond what the business can afford. The Government will therefore provide sufficient financial support to Post Office to ensure that the Scheme can proceed, based on current expectations of the likely cost."
It has been forced to make this announcement because the source of funding for the HSS was actually revealed in last week’s Judicial Review application hearing. The application was turned down because the scheme was deemed to be a matter of private law (and therefore not...
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Good morning and welcome to court 4 of the Royal Courts of Justice, pictured from Waterloo Bridge. It’s a stunning day, London is empty, but the court is busy to hear legal argument over 41 Subposmasters hoping to have their criminal convcitions overturned…

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… I will be live-tweeting proceedings, hopefully abetted by the various skeleton arguments which I have asked to be supplied by the various teams of counsel present today. Words of warning….
… my tweets only SUMMARIZE what is being said or going on in court. My legal responsibilities are to be contemporaneous, accurate and fair. Nothing is VERBATIM unless it is in “direct quotes”, which only happens when someone speaks very slowly and then there is a pause. So...
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