Interview under caution

The following Corporate Crime practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Interview under caution
  • What is an interview under caution?
  • Advice before the interview takes place
  • Where will the interview take place?
  • Voluntary interviews
  • How is the interview conducted?
  • Record of interview
  • Interviews with youths or vulnerable persons
  • Refusals to be interviewed
  • Pre-prepared statements for interviews and statements made under caution
  • More...

Interview under caution

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects potentially impacted by the response to the COVID-19 outbreak. In particular, the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Crown Prosecution Service, The Law Society, Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association and London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association have agreed an interim protocol for interviewing suspects. We are reviewing our content on the basis of information available and will keep it under regular review. Meanwhile, for updates on key developments and related practical guidance on the implications for lawyers, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the criminal justice system—overview and Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit.

This Practice Note explains the law in relation to interviewing a suspect under caution under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE 1984) and associated PACE Codes of Practice, in particular PACE Code C. It details what an interview under caution is, the advice that should be given to a suspect by their solicitor before the interview takes place, details of where the interview will take place and how it will be conducted. It also examines how the interview will be recorded and the position when interviewing juveniles or vulnerable persons. It also explains no comment interviews and statements given under caution.

Present and historic versions of the PACE 1984 Codes of Practice are published by the Home Office and can be found here.

What is an interview under caution?

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