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Discovery is the process by which the law requires the parties in court cases to disclose their evidence to each other prior to a trial. In a criminal case, where liberty is at stake, New York State’s current law does not require district attorneys to provide critical information – including police reports or witnesses’ statements – to the accused until the day the trial actually begins. In New York, people charged with a crime do not even have the right to learn who is accusing them. The law leaves defendants “blindfolded” to the evidence against them. But the “Blindfold Law” was just repealed – and all of this will change in January 2020 when New York’s new discovery rules go into effect.
Please join Peter Mitchell and John Schoeffel from The Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Practice as they discuss:
• The new rules for “Open File” discovery by the prosecution
• The new rules for earlier and broader discovery from the defense
• The new rules for discovery before guilty pleas
• Key reforms under the “Speedy Trial” Law relating to discovery
• Where this puts New York State in the national context
• Practice implications for prosecutors, defense lawyers, judges and the police