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Use of the Crown Court Digital Case System

Purpose: To advise barristers on use of the DCS and avoiding the conduct of litigation
Scope of application: All practising criminal barristers
Issued by: The Ethics Committee
First reviewed: 01/03/2018
Last reviewed: 01/09/2020
Status and effect: Please see the notice at end of this document. This is not “guidance” for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4.

This short note clarifies where use of the DCS system in criminal cases may run the risk of ‘conducting litigation’.

For more information about what may constitute the conduct of litigation, please see the page on Conducting Litigation.


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Important Notice

This document has been prepared by the Bar Council to assist barristers on matters of professional conduct and ethics. It is not “guidance” for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4, and neither the BSB nor a disciplinary tribunal nor the Legal Ombudsman is bound by any views or advice expressed in it. It does not comprise – and cannot be relied on as giving – legal advice. It has been prepared in good faith, but neither the Bar Council nor any of the individuals responsible for or involved in its preparation accept any responsibility or liability for anything done in reliance on it. For fuller information as to the status and effect of this document, please see here.

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