New Consultation on PACE Codes C & H

August 2013

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 to arrive no later than 25 September 2013.

Draft revised Codes C & H and two related documents may be downloaded below: