Criminal Law Review article
The Criminal Law Review has published an article on the recent changes to the PACE definition of vulnerability by Dr Roxanna Dehaghani and Chris Bath
In October 2017, the Home Office carried out a public consultation on proposed changes to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 Code C. These changes relate to vulnerable suspects and the appropriate adult (AA) safeguard. In July 2018,significant revisions were passed by Parliament and later brought into force. This paper explores two areas of revision: the definition of vulnerable suspects for whom an appropriate adult is required and the decision-making threshold for police officers. It sets out these aspects as they stood under the 2017 Code and as proposed at the consultation stage, and then examines the final changes drawing upon previous research, including empirical research in police custody.
Note: This material was first published by Thomson Reuters, trading as Sweet & Maxwell, 5 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AQ, in Criminal Law Review (2019 Issue 3) as Vulnerability and the Appropriate Adult Safeguard: Examining the Definitional and Threshold Changes within PACE Code C, and is reproduced by agreement with the publishers.