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Short Update: Madrid court issues guidance on access to a lawyer in the police station

FairTrialsAdmin - April 3, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Access to a lawyer, Remote Justice

In the Madrid Region, Madrid Superior Court has issued guidelines for legal assistance in police stations (in Spanish). 

In outline this provides that: 

1) Legal assistance should be by videoconference or phone whenever possible; 

2) Prior to the first interview with the detainee, the police will send by mail the police report (previously lawyers did not have access to this in the police station); 

3) The lawyer will decide whether their presence in person is necessary or whether the interview can be made by phone or videoconference; and 

4) If the detainee decides to remain silent, this will be noted and the interview will be skipped, otherwise, the interview will go ahead by phone or videoconference or in person.   

In practice, however, the situation is more chaotic - some police stations offer videoconferencing, other do not. For those lawyers attending in person the Madrid Bar has recently announced that it is acquiring masks and gloves. 

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