Legal Assistance in the Police Station


Our first Working Party report in Scotland was published on 7 June 2018. Chaired by the Rt. Hon. Lord Eassie, the Working Party focussed on the uptake and provision of legal advice during police detention. The report concludes that the importance of legal assistance during police detention needs to be better understood, not only by suspects but also by the solicitors tasked with providing that assistance. The nature of the criminal justice process has been changing and cultural shift is required in order fully to realise the importance of this early stage in that process.

Read the report Legal Assistance in the Police Station here

Read the press release here 

Read media coverage on the report from Scottish Legal News and The Faculty of Advocates

If you have further inquiries about the report, please contact our Acting Legal Director, Stephanie Needleman.