Police Station Update 2019

An invaluable update for all criminal law practitioners who advise suspects at the police station

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Course Overview

Essential for criminal practitioners, including probationary and accredited police station representatives and duty solicitors, who provide legal advice and assistance at the police station, this session will ensure that viewers are aware of recent criminal law developments which affect police station practice.
Delivered by barrister and experienced lecturer Colin Beaumont, this session will provide viewers with invaluable guidance on how to tackle difficult issues which arise at the police station stage of the investigation and will consider the following:

•    The level of disclosure required prior to an interview taking place
•    Issues relating to samples
•    Attending the police station to provide biometric material once a decision to prosecute has been made
•    Pre-charge bail issues and RUI
•    Encryption and how to advise the client accordingly

This course will particularly benefit practitioners having to advise on sexual offences, and possible registration as a sex offender, at an early stage in the investigation.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar, review the supporting documentation and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge
  • This course provides 0.5 CPD points

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Understand how to deal with inadequate/insufficient disclosure
  • • Be aware of the circumstances in which you might advise the suspect to say something in the interview/read a statement when dealing with a statutory defence
  • • Be able to chat with the officer and discuss whether an arrest is really required
  • • Have considered the best advice to give to the client on a request for samples
  • • Appreciate the importance of staying in touch with clients, whenever possible
  • • Be able to recognise circumstances when you might be advising a client to reveal details of their pin number and circumstances when the opposite will be true
  • • 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 and duty solicitors


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
    5 Page


  • Quiz