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- By Sam Francis
- Political reporter, BBC News
Justice Secretary Alex Chalk has met with senior judges to discuss possible solutions to the Post Office IT scandal.
The meeting focused on speeding up the process for sub-postmasters who want their convictions overturned.
More than 700 people received criminal convictions after the Post Office introduced faulty software.
Post Office minister Kevin Hollinrake said the government was investigating ways to overturn convictions.
Mr Hollinrake suggested this could include possible legislation.
He also said that Fujitsu – the technology company behind the faulty software – and anyone else found to be responsible should be « held accountable including making any payments » towards victims’ compensation.
« We have devised some options for resolving the outstanding criminal convictions with much more pace, » the minister said.
The scandal has been described as one of the biggest miscarriages of justice the UK has ever seen. Between 1999 and 2015, the Post Office prosecuted 736 sub-postmasters and sub-postmistresses – an average of one a week – based on information from a computer system called Horizon.
Many maintained their innocence and said they had repeatedly reported problems with the software.
But some went to prison for false accounting and theft. Many were financially ruined.
The scandal was the subject of an ITV drama broadcast last week that has catapulted it back into public consciousness.
Two former justice secretaries have called for legislation to be brought in as soon as possible to speed up the correction of the wrongful convictions.
Lord Falconer of Thoroton, the justice secretary under Tony Blair, said the government could introduce new laws « tomorrow and there would be no resistance in parliament ».
« Everyone agrees it will take years to get rid of those other convictions unless there is a change in procedure, » he said.
In a letter to The Times, Sir Robert Buckland, Mr Chalk’s predecessor, said: « Too many sub-postmasters have already died without seeing justice being done, so there is no more time to be lost. »
Speaking in the House of Commons, Sir Robert said he would support a new law to « create a presumption of innocence » for those convicted due to the faulty software.
However, former attorney general Dominic Grieve said new legislation would be a form of « parliamentary interference in the judicial process ».
« It’s a short cut, which may leave some people dissatisfied that they haven’t really been fully exonerated, » he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
Some have called for the Criminal Cases Review Commission – which investigates alleged miscarriages of justice – to look at the cases, a process that would take longer than introducing new legislation.
Prof Graham Zellick, former chair of the CCRC, said he believed the body would be able to deal with cases quickly, because of the « common feature » in them – that the prosecution case depended on evidence obtained from the computer system.
« Once you identify that the conviction is clearly, manifestly unsafe, and has to be quashed… that’s why the Court of Appeal can deal with these cases very quickly, » he told the Today programme.
The Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, a former director of public prosecutions, said he supported an approach which would deal with cases together rather than individually.
« These convictions, the remaining convictions, need to be looked at en masse, » he said.
He has also called for the Post Office to be stripped of its power to pursue private prosecutions as it did over the Horizon cases.
Alan Bates, a former sub-postmaster who has led efforts for justice, told the BBC he believed a resolution was now « closer ».
Mr Bates, played by Toby Jones in the ITV drama, said the years of waiting had been « frustrating », but that the ITV show had enabled a « broader audience » to understand what happened.
« The most important thing is for government to make sure that this financial redress goes through at speed to get it there as soon as possible, not wait, not spend money with lawyers time and time again, » he said.
« We still have to keep the pressure on and we have got to push people and we’ve got to get the whole thing moving and keep the momentum.
« The group has lost 60 or 70 people since we started all this. People need to get on with lives, they need to be able to draw a line under it – they will never forget it, but they have got to be able to get on and unfortunately they do need money to keep them going.
« This money is only what they are owed. This is money to put them back in a position what they would have been had Post Office not done what they did to them. »
There has been a campaign to strip former Post Office boss Paula Vennells of her CBE over the scandal.
Ms Vennells, who was Post Office chief executive between 2012 and 2019, has been urged to forfeit her honour.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s official spokesman said the prime minister would « strongly support » the Forfeiture Committee if it chose to review the case.
The Forfeiture Committee can recommend honours are stripped if a person has brought the system into disrepute.
Ms Vennells has said previously that she remained « truly sorry for the suffering caused to wrongly prosecuted sub-postmasters and their families ».
She also said she continued to fully support and focus on co-operating with the ongoing public inquiry into the scandal.
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey has also faced fresh scrutiny over his role as postal affairs minister during the coalition government.
His predecessor Sir Vince Cable, who was business secretary during that period, told BBC Radio 4’s World At One programme Sir Ed was being made a « scapegoat ».
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