7. Defendants' Meetings

We think it is really important for defendants to meet and offer mutual support. Defendants meetings facilitate a discussion of the specific details of the case(s) with solicitors and ourselves and defendants campaigns may be started following these meetings.

Contacting us early after arrest means we can inform you if we organise a defendants’ meeting. Please encourage any other arrestees you know to get in touch too.

There will usually be solicitors present, and a representative from the Activist Court Aid Brigade.

We do NOT campaign on defendants behalf. However, we offer support to defendants to organise their own campaigns if they wish.

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.