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My client’s defence statement is due to be served but my client is in self isolation and can’t sign it. What can I do?

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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk
Published on LexisPSL on 27/03/2020

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

  • My client’s defence statement is due to be served but my client is in self isolation and can’t sign it. What can I do?

My client’s defence statement is due to be served but my client is in self isolation and can’t sign it. What can I do?

There will be times when it is impossible for a client physically to sign a document that they are otherwise required to sign. This may be, for example, because they are in self-isolation due to a public health emergency.

Defence statements are governed by the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 (CPIA 1996). CPIA 1996, s 6A provides that a defence statement is a written statement setting out the nature of the accused’s defence, including any particular defences on which they intend to rely, indicating the matters of fact on which they take issue with the prosecution, and why they take issue with the prosecution, as well as the particulars of the matters of fact on which they intend to rely for the purposes of their defence and indicating any point of law and authority that they wish to take. By CPIA

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