An Update on PACE and the Codes of Practice

An Update on PACE and the Codes of Practice

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Course Overview

The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) and the accompanying codes of practice outline police powers to fight crime and cover stop and search, arrest, detention, investigation, identification and interviewing detainees.

They also enshrine the freedom and rights of the public, which is why PACE and the Codes of Practice must be the cornerstone of any legal advisor’s knowledge if they are to adequately advise and assist clients at the police station.

Essential for anyone undertaking the Police Station Representatives Accreditation Scheme (PSRAS) and particularly those who must complete the Written Exam, this course offers a practical discussion of police station advice and will deal with matters including the level of disclosure required and the ‘rights’ of the legal adviser at the police station.

Delivered in an easily digestible format by criminal practitioner and lecturer Colin Beaumont, this 60-minute webinar will discuss some common police station problems including issues relating to samples, the position on fingerprints and what you need to be aware of when dealing with Section 18 house searches.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar, review the slides and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge.
  • This course provides 1 CPD point

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Understand how adverse inferences work
  • • Be aware of the circumstances in which you might advise the suspect not to provide intimate samples
  • • Be able to distinguish your ‘rights’ from the ‘rights’ of the client
  • • Have considered the best advice to give to the client on a request for samples
  • • Appreciate when there may be a request for a sample to test for the presence of Class A drugs
  • • Be able to recognise circumstances when an arrest might be appropriate and the circumstances when it might be inappropriate
  • • Feel more confident when certain things are sprung upon you, as they often are at the Police Station!

What is the target audience?

  • Criminal practitioners including probationary and accredited police station representatives


About Instructor - Colin Beaumont

Colin Beaumont graduated in law in 1981 and qualified as a Barrister in 1982. He worked for many years in the Magistrates’ Court service until 1996 when he re-qualified as a Solicitor and joined a large criminal legal aid practice. He became a partner with the firm. He retired as a solicitor in 2016 and has returned to his Inn of Court at The Inner Temple. Colin has been teaching the profession for the last 25 years and continues to do so.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinar

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Slides
    21 Page


  • Quiz


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