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Law Society updates on police station interviews

15 July 2010

A meeting last week to update faculties on the issue of fees for attending police station interviews has been described by The Law Society of Scotland as "positive and constructive". The Society's criminal legal aid negotiating team outlined the latest developments resulting from the Cadder v HMA case.

Representatives from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Paisley, West Lothian, Airdrie, Falkirk, Clackmannanshire, Ayr, Roxburghshire, and the Society of Solicitors in the Supreme Courts of Scotland took part in the meeting in Edinburgh on Wednesday. Follow-up contact was made with representatives from Dumbarton and Arbroath & Forfar.

It was the second meeting of its kind since the Crown Office issued new guidelines on police interviews last month.

Andrew Alexander, the Society's Legal Aid Co-ordinator, said: "The faculty representatives were updated on a number of issues, such as the proposed new payment scheme, including out of hours payments, and telephone advice.

"It was a positive and constructive meeting, which also looked at the next steps we should take towards finding a sustainable solution to a number of ongoing problems."

It was recently announced that the Scottish Government had agreed to the principal of a payment scheme for solicitors attending police station interviews.

A decision is expected from the Supreme Court in Cadder v HMA on 20 October 2010, which will determine whether a suspect has the right to a solicitor during an interview at a police station.

The Society is actively soliciting the views of its members on the issue of attendance at police station interviews. Any members with views or questions should contact andrewalexander@lawscot.org.uk.

 

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