3. Police Interviews

You have a right to free legal advice in police custody and should use a solicitor experienced in protest law (not the duty solicitor).

Currently, in order to maintain social distancing, police guidance is that your solicitor should advise you via telephone rather than in person.

If you are interviewed, the police interviewer may either be in person as usual or via video link (up to the police). The guidance is for your solicitor to be present via video link. If video link is not possible, and the police want to use audio link to the solicitor, they need your written consent. For “serious” cases, vulnerable people, or if you do not consent to video support, the solicitor should be present in person.

For children, and for vulnerable adults who require one, an “appropriate adult” must always be present in person.

If English is not your first language, you are entitled to an interpreter. This may be remotely via video or audio link.

The police should provide PPE to everyone who is physically in the same interview room.

Key Messages

Coronavirus

COVID-19 has lead to changes in policing & protest law which may affect the information in this guide. Please also read our guide to Coronavirus & Protest Law.

  • No Comment
  • You do not need to answer police questions, so don’t.

  • No Personal Details
  • You don't have to give details under ANY stop and search power.

  • No Duty Solicitor
  • Use a recommended solicitor with protest experience.

  • No Caution
  • They admit guilt for an alleged offence that might never get to court.

  • What Power?
  • Ask "What power?" to challenge a police officer to act lawfully.

Coronavirus

COVID-19 has lead to changes in policing & protest law which may affect the information in this guide. Please also read our guide to Coronavirus & Protest Law.

Key Messages

  • No Comment
  • You do not need to answer police questions, so don’t.

  • No Personal Details
  • You don't have to give details under ANY stop and search power.

  • No Duty Solicitor
  • Use a recommended solicitor with protest experience.

  • No Caution
  • They admit guilt for an alleged offence that might never get to court.

  • What Power?
  • Ask "What power?" to challenge a police officer to act lawfully.

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