The Duty Solicitor at the Police Station - Live at Your Desk with Colin Beaumont
This live broadcast session will update you on the things you need to know when acting for a client as the Duty Solicitor at the police station.
The police station stage is a very important stage in the criminal process and mistakes made in this area may not be capable of correction later on. It is therefore important that you are fully aware of all of the options available to the client and that you give the appropriate advice on what you consider the best option to be.
What You Will Learn
This live and interactive broadcast will cover the following:
- Disclosure issues - the tactics of dealing with ‘insufficient and inadequate disclosure’ at this early stage of the investigation
- Written statements - the circumstances in which it might well be appropriate to advise the client to have a ‘no comment’ interview and read out, during the currency of the interview, a written statement setting out the basis of any defence or any admissions
- Opening statements at the commencement of the interview - the 2 classic circumstances in which you might well make an opening statement - inadequacy of disclosure and unfitness of the client for interview
- Awkward client scenarios - the client who starts saying things during the interview which were not disclosed to you earlier in your private consultation - the client who tells you that he intends to lie during his interview
- Samples - both intimate and non-intimate and the client’s ‘room for manoeuvre’
- Payment issues - be aware of your Specification document - it is one of your Crime Contract documents
- Retention/destruction of biometric material (DNA and fingerprints) - following the amendments brought about by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
- Waiver of privilege issues - ‘waiver’ at the police station stage and ‘waiver’ at Court
- Conflict - conflict on the facts and conflict where you simply cannot do the best for each and every client at the police station
- Arrests and the ‘necessity criteria’ under PACE - be aware of Code G
- The issue of whether or not you should be representing at the police station stage and also the advocate at trial
Recording of live sessions: Soon after the Learn Live session has taken place you will be able to go back and access the recording - should you wish to revisit the material discussed.