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Progress in police station interviews talks
Constructive talks have taken place with the Crown Office to resolve issues arising from the introduction of new guidelines for police station interviews of suspects, the Law Society of Scotland announced this afternoon.
The Society is to join a working group, which will also include the Crown Office, Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland and Scottish Legal Aid Board, to look at how best to operate under the new guidelines in the short term.
Jamie Millar, President of the Society, said: “We understand why the interim guidelines were introduced, but in their current form they present practical difficulties for solicitors in their day-to-day work. However we are confident that by working together we can resolve any issues to ensure that the administration of justice continues to work in the interests of the public.
Mr Millar added: “We have also met with representatives from solicitors’ faculties across Scotland and there is agreement that a suspect’s right to a solicitor should be dealt with as a priority. The Society is working to keep its members fully informed as discussions progress.”
Crown Office confirmed that the Deputy Crown Agent and Director of Operations were involved in the talks, commenting: "Discussions were positive and further discussions are planned."