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CONTENTS
Overview
AREA 
IMPLEMENTATION 

Happy New Year to all of those working within 
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the SFR world! 
SECTION 10 
The attached briefing is designed to give you a quick update on 
CRIMINAL 
progress to date and bring you up to speed with a few national 
JUSTICE ACT 1967 
issues.  It’s clear that many of you across the country are keen to 
EXPLAINED 
implement SFR and the National SFR Board are pleased with the 
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positive approach taken by areas and partners. Keep up the good 
CASE STUDIES 
work and please get in touch if you wish to discuss any issues.
AND PROCESS 
MAPS 
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Area Implementation 
SOCRATES 
AND LOCARD 

The National SFR Board comprises 
Forces are encouraged to work on 
FORENSIC 
key criminal justice agencies 
a regional basis where possible to 
MANAGEMENT 
and stakeholders supportive of 
ensure consistency of approach. 
SYSTEMS 
implementing SFR across the country. 
Equal y, it is important to limit 
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The Board met in December 2012 
initial implementation to the more 
to review area plans to implement 
simple cases while the CJS, forces 
TRAINING 
SFR by the end of March 2013.  It 
and forensic providers become 
MATERIALS 
was agreed that a phased approach 
accustomed to the process. However, 
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introducing the different evidence 
forces are encouraged to put plans 
types is acceptable and that if areas 
in place to extend SFR to other 
TIMELINE AND 
have implemented Fingerprint 
evidence types as appropriate.
KEY DATES 
Identifications and DNA Match 
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reports by 31st March 2013, they 
The Project Team will be in touch 
would be considered as having met the  with area SPOCs shortly to ensure 
COMMUNICATION 
initial implementation target.
they are aware of the phased 
AND GUIDANCE 
introduction and to request updates 
DOCUMENTS 
regarding progress.
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If you would like any further information contact xxxxx.xxxx@xxxxx.xxx.xxxxxx.xx
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Section 10 Criminal Justice Act 
Case Studies 
1967 Explained
and Process 
The following is a reiteration of the SFR principles 
Maps
regarding initial admissibility from Karen Squibb-
Williams, CPS Strategic Policy Advisor.

A set of case studies 
“CPS Areas will receive clarification 
always been in which is the ‘wait 
using the SFR forms is 
that the SFR1 is a vital “enabling” 
and see’ game. It is vital that the 
being developed by the 
tool and not a statement; the SFR1 
Prosecution Team secure either a S10 
National Project Team, 
enables the prosecution to require 
CJA admission or identification of the 
with the assistance of 
the defence to comply with their 
issues by the defence.
Lancashire Constabulary, 
duties under 3.2(a) – the early 
Staffordshire Police 
identification of issues, in a 
Some CPS lawyers are under the 
and police forces in 
manner that complies with the 
impression that by adding s9 to 
the East Midlands.  A 
obligation upon the prosecution 
the SFR1 they save themselves the 
workshop is taking place 
team under 3.2(e) – evidence to 
administrative burden of drafting the 
on 17th January 2013 
be presented in the shortest, 
s10 CJA admission. However the SFR 
in Lancashire, to work 
clearest way. There are only two 
process is dependant on securing a 
alternative results from providing the 
s10 admission to the forensic report 
through the case studies 
defence with the SFR:
as this prevents later “defence tactics”. 
to ensure that they meet 
This is one of the reasons the Senior 
the needs of the agencies 
1)  that the defence respond by 
Presiding Judge supports the process 
involved.
identifying the issues, thus generating  as it either commits the parties to a 
production of an SFR 2 by the 
position early in the process, or the 
Process maps have 
prosecution team, which of course is 
absence of such an agreement must 
also been developed 
in s9 MCA format or would lead to a  be replaced by identification of the 
full evaluative approach;
which work through the 
issues. 
different stages, from 
2)  that the defence sign (or agree to 
As for committals, annex B to SFR 
items being submitted 
sign) a s10 CJA admission to the 
Section 1 provides the detailed legal 
for forensic analysis to 
facts contained in the SFR1.
argument as to why the SFR1 is in fact 
the conclusion of the 
It is important to avoid  turning the 
admissible as a business document and 
case.  These are currently 
SFR1 into a s9 statement as this 
therefore does not need to be s9‘d. CPS 
being tested and will be 
removes the enabling function and 
areas will be reminded that this is why 
considered at the event 
leaves us in the position we have 
annex B is provided.”
on the 17th.
Once finalised both the 
case studies and the 
process maps will be 
issued national y for use or 
for further development 
to meet local needs.
If you would like any further information contact xxxxx.xxxx@xxxxx.xxx.xxxxxx.xx
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SOCRATES and 
Timeline and Key 
LOCARD Forensic 
dates:
Case Management 
Case studies workshop 
Systems
Lancashire  ................................... 17th January 2013
National Project Boards  ........6th February 2013 
The national team is working with Matt Barrett, 
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from Injenuity, to develop crystal reports within 
Socrates and Locard to cover the basic SFR forms. 
Target Implementation Date ........... 1st April 2013 
This is the subject of a single procurement to 
(Fingerprints and DNA)
ensure that the cost to forces is kept to a minimum. 
CC Neil Rhodes has written to Chief Constables to 
gain formal agreement from interested forces; it is 
anticipated that the final cost to forces should be in 
the region of £500 as opposed to a cost of £3,000 if 
Communication and 
procured individually.
Guidance documents
The following documents are available upon 

request:-
Training Materials
 
z SFR Toolkit and Guidance documents  
(also on POLKA)
Other training materials are being developed that 
 
z Promotional SFR Poster
will support the SFR Toolkit issued in November 
including case studies and the process maps. 
 
z 60 Second Briefing
Work is also being undertaken to commission an 
 
z Equality Impact Assessment
e-learning package for delivery through NCALT. 
 
z Draft National Communications Plan
More information will be provided as this piece of 
work develops.
 
z National Board Highlight Report
COMING SOON:
Legal Services Commission e-bulletin
Police Professional article
POLKA Community
If you would like any further information contact xxxxx.xxxx@xxxxx.xxx.xxxxxx.xx
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