The Rights of Suspects in the Police Station

The rights of suspects after arrest are contained principally in PACE and in the Code of Practice on the Detention, Treatment and Questioning of Persons and the Code of Practice on Identification of Persons by the Police - Codes C and D.

If you are arrested and taken to a police station or if you are arrested at a police station, the custody officer must, among other things, determine whether you are, or might be, in need of medical treatment, require an appropriate adult and/or an interpreter to help check documentation. The custody officer has to make a formal risk assessment defining the categories of risk relevant to your custody and must make sure any response to any specific risk assessment, for example insuring a reduction in opportunities for self-harm. This risk assessment must be kept under review.

So far as your questioning and treatment by the police in custody are concerned, Article 3 (prohibition of torture, inhuman or degrading treatment), Article 6 (the right to a fair trial) and Article 8 (the right to privacy) have been and will continue to be very important. They are particularly important when applying to the court to have evidence, usually confessions, excluded from your trial.
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