Police station advice – Advanced techniques

Event Details

Course Code: S4048
Speaker: Colin Beaumont
Specialisations: Criminal,
Venue: Liverpool Law Society, 2nd Floor Helix, Edmund Street, Liverpool, L3 9NY
Date: Wednesday, 9 May, 2018
Time: 13:30 - 16:45

Members Price: £105
Non Members Price: £150
Corporate Training Offer: Free
Training Season Ticket: Free

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Event Description

This course will take you through, in some detail, the finer points of advising clients at the police station who have been detained for serious offences. They may be offences of a sexual nature. They may be offences of a violent nature. The police station aspect is a very important part of a criminal case and mistakes made at the early stages of the investigation can be costly for the client as the case progresses through the criminal justice system. The course will examine relevant case-law and legislation in this area.

The following items will be covered during the course:

  • Advising clients who are engaging in mutually consensual but under-age sexual activity
  • The whole of the disclosure appears to be based upon hearsay evidence – how best to advise the client in these circumstances
  • The amendments concerning the cautioning of adult offenders for purely indictable only offences
  • The amendments concerning the cautioning of adult offenders for either-way and summary only offences
  • Advising the client to have a ‘no comment’ interview and also advising on the implications at the point of sentence! – The very important case of Caley and Others – CA Dec 2012
  • Advising the client to have a ‘no comment’ interview and also advising on the cost implications!
  • The fees payable as a result of Statutory Instrument 2016 No. 313 for new work on or after 1st of April 2016
  • Some difficult client scenarios – what if your client shows you his mobile phone whilst in custody – are you going to tell the police that he has got it?
  • The limited circumstances in which you might make an opening statement at the commencement of the interview
  • Giving evidence in the Crown Court case concerning the advice to have a ‘no comment’ interview
  • The effective use of written statements
  • Advising multiple clients in the same case – what to do in the event of conflict
  • Advising in the area of mandatory minimum sentences upon conviction – firearms etc
  • The current position on the retention/destruction of samples following the amendments brought about by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
  • Cautions, conditional cautions, triage and other disposals which do not involve the client being charged with an offence
  • 100 questions with 100 written answers in relation to police station advice
  • Samples – both intimate and non-intimate and the client’s room for manoeuvre
  • Understanding Sections 34, 36 and 37 of the CJA POA 1994
  • The ‘invitation’ to the police station to provide fingerprints and a DNA sample
  • Some excellent reasons for talking to the police and some excellent reasons for having a ‘no comment’ interview
  • Amendments to Code E of the Police Station Codes of Practice

Core Competencies: A1a.   A1d.   A2a.   A2d.   A4a.   A4b.   B1a.   B2a.   C2a.   C2b.   C2d.  C2h.

Speaker: Colin Beaumont, Barrister (retired), trainer with more than 20 years experience and former Consultant to a large legal aid practice covering the Thames Valley, Surrey and London police areas. Formerly a partner within the firm, Colin initially qualified as a Barrister in 1982 and spent many years in the Court’s service before re-qualifying as a Solicitor in 1996 and retiring in 2016. Colin presents his subject in a highly practicable and digestible manner and is a popular speaker on criminal/billing matters.
 

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