Protect the rights of the vulnerable suspect

 “...the appropriate adult is expected, amongst other things, to: help them to understand their rights and ensure that those rights are protected and respected."
Code C 1.7A (July 2018)”.

AAs have a role in:

  • checking that people understand their rights, entitlements and the caution, including by asking them questions to test understanding;
  • asking police officers to provide further explanation where required;
  • providing information or explanations about rights, entitlements and the caution;
  • talking to people who waive their right to free legal advice about any misconceptions they may have;
  • requiring a solicitor to attend where they believe it to be in the best interests of a vulnerable suspect; 
  • intervening in interviews to protect rights;
  • making representations in relation to rights, such as during reviews of detention; 
  • engaging with police, lawyers and medical professionals in the interests of protecting a person's rights.
on Thursday December 07 by chrisbath
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