This course will be of benefit to anyone involved in advising in the area of criminal law.
A working knowledge of PACE is important when advising suspects at the police station but it also contains some very important law in relation to criminal evidence and is therefore hugely relevant for anyone involved in criminal trial advocacy.
The following items are merely a selection of that which will be covered during this half-day morning course:
- Advising in the area of samples – both intimate and non-intimate
- Advising in the area of fingerprints
- Retention or destruction of samples – The amendments to PACE brought about by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
- Schedule 2A of PACE – requesting the attendance at the police station in order for biometric material to be taken
- Exclusion of evidence from a criminal trial
- Competence and compellability
- The order in which evidence should be received during a criminal trial
- The removal of clothing, by force if necessary, in order to take photographs of marks, scars, tattoos etc – see Section 54A of PACE
- X-rays and ultrasound
- Adverse inferences under PACE as opposed to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
- The necessity criteria concerning an arrest and the case-law
- Released under investigation as opposed to pre-charge bail