40 Code of practice for police interviews of witnesses notified by accused
40 Code of practice for police interviews of witnesses notified by accused

In Part 1 of the 1996 Act after section 21 there is inserted—

“21A Code of practice for police interviews of witnesses notified by accused

(1)     The Secretary of State shall prepare a code of practice which gives guidance to police officers, and other persons charged with the duty of investigating offences, in relation to the arranging and conducting of interviews of persons—

(a)     particulars of whom are given in a defence statement in accordance with section 6A(2), or

(b)     who are included as proposed witnesses in a notice given under section 6C

(2)     The code must include (in particular) guidance in relation to—

(a)     information that should be provided to the interviewee and the accused in relation to such an interview;

(b)     the notification of the accused's solicitor of such an interview;

(c)     the attendance of the interviewee's solicitor at such an interview;

(d)     the attendance of the accused's solicitor at such an interview;

(e)     the attendance of any other appropriate person at such an interview taking into account the interviewee's age or any disability of the interviewee.

(3)     Any police officer or other person charged with the duty of investigating offences who arranges or conducts such an interview shall have regard to the code.

(4)     In preparing the code, the Secretary of State shall consult—

(a)     to the extent the code applies to England and Wales—