The Solicitors Regulation Authority has applied to obtain certain documents as part of its investigation into the lawyers involved in the Post Office Horizon scandal.
The SRA and the Post Office have agreed the terms of a disclosure notice as part the regulator’s investigation into the quashed convictions of sub-postmasters.
The SRA applied to the High Court on February 3 for a production order to obtain documents from the Post Office pertaining to its ongoing investigation into potential misconduct by solicitors involved in the quashed convictions of 39 sub-postmasters, known as the Horizon scandal.
A SRA spokesperson confirmed that the regulator was seeking a Section 44B(B) order to obtain documents, as the Post Office doesn’t fall within the SRA’s remit of organisations it is responsible for regulating.
A spokesperson for the Post Office confirmed that the organisation intended to fully comply with the notice, and would provide all relevant documents within the requested timeframe: “Following discussions with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, we have agreed the wording of a Section 44B disclosure notice regarding historical matters.”
They also added: “The disclosure notice does not relate to individuals that are involved with the Post Office today.”
The prosecutions of the sub-postmasters rested largely on data produced by the Post Office’s Horizon computer system, widely used in the organisation’s branches. Between 2003 and 2013, 42 sub-postmasters were convicted for stealing money from the Post Office.
In April 2021, 39 of these convictions were overturned by the Court of Appeal. In the published ruling, Lord Justice Holroyde found that Horizon had been affected by “bugs, errors and defects” throughout the time of its use.
The SRA spokesperson confirmed that its investigation into the solicitors involved in the quashed convictions would continue.