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Short Update: UK police and legal chiefs agree COVID-19 interview protocol

FairTrialsAdmin - April 9, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Access to a lawyer, Remote Justice, Delayed or accelerated proceedings

In the UK, a national protocol on police interview procedure has been agreed between the Crown Prosecution Service, National Police Chiefs' Council, Law Society, Criminal Law Solicitors' Association and London Criminal Courts Solicitors' Association. This protocol considers the impact of COVID-19 on police interview practices and sets out that legal advice for suspects should take place over the phone or by video where possible. It establishes a hierarchy of priority to consider whether interviews can be delayed. Further, the protocol sets out that the police have a duty to ensure that all 'reasonably practicable steps' are taken to safeguard from infection.  

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