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My client is ill and or is self isolating due to coronavirus (COVID-19). What steps can be taken in the event they cannot report for bail, attend court or attend an arranged interview under caution?

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Produced in partnership with Tori Adams of 4 King’s Bench Walk
Published on LexisPSL on 28/04/2020

The following Corporate Crime Q&A Produced in partnership with Tori Adams of 4 King’s Bench Walk provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • My client is ill and or is self isolating due to coronavirus (COVID-19). What steps can be taken in the event they cannot report for bail, attend court or attend an arranged interview under caution?

Currently, we are experiencing unprecedented times and the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) is causing significant problems within the criminal justice system and so courts and police stations are required to find new ways to deal with it. In order to assist with this, a Protocol has been issued in relation interviews during the pandemic which may assist if a suspect is in self-isolation or experiencing symptoms of coronavirus. Most importantly, this guidance provides for interviews to be able to take place remotely, stating that:

‘The signatories to this Protocol accept that remote interviews by video and audio link are not within the current letter of the Code of Practice, but in the present circumstances of the Coronavirus pandemic they are within the spirit of recent amendments to criminal procedure, law and evidence in the Coronavirus Act 2020. Therefore, we take the view that they are a fair, reasonable and proportionate option to be made available to a suspect who has the benefit of legal advice and who having been fully informed and advised and together with their appropriate adult (where one is required) consents to a remote interview.’

It is therefore the case that, in relation to the police interview, so long as the client has been able to take proper legal advice, this could be done remotely. The Protocol also sets out that legal advice for

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