The Role of Lawyers During Police Detention and Questioning
Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice Volume 7(2), 2015, pp. 7–16, ISSN 1948-9137
11 Pages Posted: 20 May 2015
Date Written: April 18, 2015
Drawing on the findings of a recent empirical study conducted across four jurisdictions, this article considers the ways in which legal assistance is provided to suspects who are held in police custody for formal questioning. It sets out, very briefly, the legal framework developed by the European Court of Human Rights and now the EU, and the legal provisions in place in the four jurisdictions post Salduz. It then goes on to consider the kinds of factors that, in practice, promote or constrain the provision of effective legal assistance. These include the occupational cultures of police and lawyers and the availability of human and financial resources. Whilst the criminal processes of the four jurisdictions are different, there are many similarities in the working practices of police and lawyers and a lack of agreement among police and lawyers, as to the value of legal assistance to suspects before and during police interrogation.
Keywords: defense lawyers, interrogation, Salduz, procedural safeguards, comparative
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