THE DUTY SOLICITOR AT THE POLICE STATION – AUTUMN 2022 UPDATE – MONDAY 17TH OCTOBER 2022 – 16:00 – 17.00: - COST - £60 (INCLUSIVE OF VAT)

This 1-hour ZOOM presentation by Colin Beaumont will be of benefit to anyone involved in advising clients the police station stage.


It will, however, be particularly relevant to those having the status of a Duty Solicitor at the Police Station as you really ought to attend a presentation regarding advising clients at the Police Station stage in order to evidence in your training records the fact that you are up-to-date with new legislation and case-law in this area of work.


MUCH OF THE INFORMATION IN THE PRESENTATION MAY WELL BE NEW TO YOU


It will be accompanied by a full set of notes.

The following 20 points will be considered:


1 – The interesting recent judgement from the Court of Appeal concerning adverse inferences under Section 34 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994Harewood and Rehman [2021] EWCA Crim 1936


2 – The consideration of Section 34 by the Court of Appeal in the case of R v Green [2019] EWCA Crim 411


3 – THE IMPORTANT STANDARD CRIME CONTRACT SPECIFICATION DOCUMENT WHICH CAME INTO FORCE ON THE 1ST OCTOBER – YOU WILL HAVE THE FULL DOCUMENT AS PART OF THESE NOTES


4 – The new fees claimable as from 30th September 2022 under Statutory Instrument 2022 No. 848 – YOU WILL HAVE THE FULL DOCUMENT AS PART OF THESE NOTES


5 – Amendments to pre-charge bail under Section 45 and Schedule 4 of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 which, according to the website Gov.uk, WILL BE IMPLEMENTED LATER THIS MONTH


6 – A whole NEW cautioning regime under Sections 98 – 121 of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022


7 – DNA evidence and the Court of Appeal decision of Regina v Belhaj-Farhat [2022]


8 – The advice you should give to a client who is making admissions to you in consultation and who, upon your advice, will be having a ‘no comment’ interview


9 – The point at which you may consider that you have been given ‘sufficient and adequate disclosure’ whereby adverse inferences may later be drawn at trial from relevant ‘no comment’ replies


10 – The client who wants you to testify on his behalf in the forthcoming Crown Court trial


11 – The client who wants to open up details of the police station consultation during his Crown Court trial


12 – Dealing with the interview by means of a pre-prepared statement – Harewood and Rehman [2021] EWCA Crim 1936


13 – Post-charge interviews – so much confusion in this area


14 – Conflict at the police station and the impact upon your fees under the new Specification document


15 – Reneging on the caution and charging! – The 2021 High Court decision of Mansfield and the DPP


16 – A consideration of Section 54A of PACE


17 – A consideration of Schedule 2A of PACE and the amendments to it made under Sections 52 and 53 of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022


18 – Advising on sexual offences at the police station stage – the amendments regarding Positions of Trust (Sections 16 – 19 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003) under Section 47 of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022


19 – Arranging or facilitating commission of a child sex offence – Section 46 of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022


20 – The new offence of strangulation under the Domestic Abuse Act 2021