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Detainee’s right to a phone call

Legal Q&A

 Please can you clarify a detainee's right to a phone call? Many custody staff tell detainees that they don’t have a right to a phone call but only the right to have someone told they are in custody. Is that correct?

Ruling regarding mental capacity and places of safety

Case Law Essentials
 In the case of Sessay v South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis 2011, it was held that sections 5 and 6 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 did not confer on the police the power to remove a person to a place of safety for the purposes set out in sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

Preserved powers of arrest

Legal Q&A

 If a person is detained by a constable using a preserved power of arrest, for example following a breach of bail, or by the authority of a court warrant, is the constable required to satisfy the necessity test as set out in Code G of the PACE Codes of Practice?

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