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UK Post Office Statement On Historical Prosecutions

The Court of Appeal today (19 July) formally overturned twelve convictions in cases prosecuted by Post Office between 2002 and 2012. The Post Office supported the appeals.

Fifteen other appeals, opposed by Post Office, have been referred to a single judge to decide whether the Court will grant permission to appeal.

“Post Office is sincerely sorry for past failures and we welcome the Court’s decision today to quash convictions without delay in the appeals we supported.

“We are making strenuous efforts to fairly address historical miscarriages of justice, including an extensive review of prosecutions since 1999 to identify and disclose all material which might affect the safety of convictions.

“We are also transforming our organisation to prevent such events ever happening again and to re-set our relationship with postmasters.”

Post Office Spokesperson

Fundamental Post Office Reforms

Actions taken to reform the Post Office include:

  • The appointment of two current postmasters as Non-Executive Directors to the Post Office Board to influence Post Office strategy and the implementation of programmes affecting postmasters.
  • Undertaking a programme of improvements to overhaul culture, practices and operating procedures throughout every part of the Post Office to forge an open and transparent relationship with postmasters.
  • Comprehensive improvements made from initial recruitment and training through to daily transaction accounting, including design changes made to transactions on the Horizon system, based on postmaster feedback.

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