THE DUTY SOLICITOR AT THE POLICE STATION IN 2023 – AUTUMN UPDATE THURSDAY 28th SEPTEMBER 2023 – 16:00 – 17.00: - COST - £75 + VAT
This live and interactive course has been written and will be presented by Colin Beaumont, an experienced former Police Station Duty Solicitor and it will concentrate on those issues likely to cross your path when acting as the Police Station Duty Solicitor.
Have a look at the 20 issues below and see whether or not you would benefit from viewing this 1-hour ZOOM presentation recording even if you cannot make the presentation date itself.
This 1-hour ZOOM presentation will be accompanied by a full set of notes.
DON’T WORRY IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND THE ACTUAL PRESENTATION (OR NEVER INTENDED TO ATTEND) –YOU WILL STILL GET THE FULL SET OF NOTES AND THE RECORDING WHICH YOU CAN SAVE TO A DEVICE OR WATCH AT YOUR LEISURE ON OUR YouTube CHANNEL
Anyone wishing to attend the session (or wishing to have the full sets of notes and the recordings afterwards without ever attending) should simply click here: mailto: email@example.com or ring me (or send me a text) – (07887) 842985 and book a place.
The following 20 issues will be considered:
1 – The recently published 2023 guidance concerning dealing with those people arrested for allegedly being in breach of their bail conditions under Section 7 of the Bail Act 1976 – as you know, there have always been conflicting authorities on the point
2 – You are asked to represent a 16-year-old at the police station who is under arrest and is being detained for the possession of a stun gun disguised as a torch – the advice to give to such a client – what you need to know about this matter under the Firearms Act 1968
3 – The next client is an adult (18+) and he has been arrested and is being detained for having a ‘zombie slayer knife’ under his bed – has a crime been committed? – amendments to the law in this area as a result of the Offensive Weapons Act 2019
4 – The next client is an adult (18+) and he has been arrested for an offence of strangulation under Section 70 of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 – his instructions to you are that there was no act of strangulation and he did nothing which would in any way have compromised the complainant’s ability to breathe – has a crime under Section 70 been committed? – the law in this area under the Domestic Abuse Act 2021
5 – The next client is an adult (18+) and the police have told him that they want a sample from him to test for the presence of Class A drugs – he hasn’t been charged with any offence – are the police entitled to make such a request?
6 – Rates of payment – an examination of Statutory Instrument 2022 No. 848 – you attend on a client for a Serious Offence and escape your Fixed Fee – your period of duty on the rota has come to an end and the client is still at the police station – is he still a Duty client for the purposes of claiming Serious Offence hourly rates?
7 – The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 – an examination of those issues likely to cross your path when acting as the Police Station Duty Solicitor
8 – You attend upon an adult client (18+) who has been arrested for a very Serious Offence – the disclosure by the officer in the case is rubbish (legal term!) and yet the client insists on talking to the police in his first interview and proclaiming his innocence – how are you going to advise this client and what are you going to put in your notes?
9 – You have been asked by the Duty Solicitor Call Centre to attend upon a client at the police station – you arrive and quickly learn that it is not the client’s first visit to the police station in the matter – he had another firm of Solicitors 3 months earlier when he was interviewed at some length – he did not want a Solicitor from that firm to attend upon him again – where does this leave you in terms of claiming a fee?
10 – The recently updated 2022 Standard Crime Contract Specification document – (August 2023)
11 – The case-law concerning the police offering your client a caution and then reneging on that promise and deciding to charge instead – know your legal position
12 – Dealing with the interview by means of a prepared statement – the Court of Appeal decision of R v Knight
13 – Things to watch out for when representing several co-detainees or co-suspects in the same police investigation
14 – Important amendments to Guidelines from The Sentencing Council as a result of the publication of the
‘Miscellaneous Amendments to Guidelines’ document – April 2023
15 – Making representations for bail to the Custody Officer
16 – Advising the client on the legal definition of ‘dishonesty’ – also, advising the client on the legal definition of a ‘joint enterprise’
17 – You have attended upon a youth (a person aged between 10 and 17) at the police station and the police have decided to charge and detain overnight with a view to the matter appearing in the Adult Magistrates’ Court the following day – is such a course of action lawful?
18 – The seizure of your client’s mobile phone and the requests from the police
19 – You are asked to attend upon a client who has attended as a volunteer – the police propose to interview and he wants a Solicitor present – what is the position with the taking of biometric material (fingerprints and DNA) from such a client? – the things you really need to know about Schedule 2A of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
20 – Opening Statements
It will be a 1- hour live and interactive session conducted via ZOOM. There is absolutely no requirement for any attendee to have purchased ZOOM. We just send you an email with a link the day before the actual presentation and you click on the link. It could not be simpler.
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