The Home Office has announced a new consultation on proposed changes to PACE Codes C (Detention) and H (Detention - Terrorism).
The consultation - which runs until Wednesday 25 September 2013 - concerns the treatment of 17 year olds in police custody and the translation and interpretation of essential documents for non-English speaking detainees.
The draft changes to the codes have been made in order to:
- comply with the Divisional Court judgment in HC v The Secretary of State for the Home Department and the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis.
- implement the EU Directive on the right to interpretation and translation in criminal proceedings.
A number of other minor changes have been made in the interests of legal accuracy and to reflect current practice.
A formal response from ICVA will be submitted following its next executive committee meeting. In the meantime, Police & Crime Commissioners and other members of the Association are encouraged to make their own representation independently.
All responses should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrive no later than 25 September 2013.
Draft revised Codes C & H and two related documents may be downloaded below: