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Digital legal rights: Exploring detainees' understanding of the right to a lawyer and potential barriers to accessing legal advice

Kemp, Vicky

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This study involved using an App to explore with detainees their understanding of the right to a lawyer and to identify what factors influence the take-up of legal advice. Also examined in this paper, from the users’ perspective, are potential barriers to accessing legal advice. While PACE safeguards provide detainees with early access to confidential legal advice, some of these legal requirements are simply ignored. It is recommended that a review of PACE should be undertaken and that this takes into account how technology could be used to help address some of the issues arising.

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Kemp, V. (2020). Digital legal rights: Exploring detainees' understanding of the right to a lawyer and potential barriers to accessing legal advice. Criminal Law Review, 2020(2), 129-147

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 3, 2020
Online Publication Date Feb 6, 2020
Publication Date Feb 6, 2020
Deposit Date Oct 7, 2021
Publicly Available Date Oct 12, 2021
Journal Criminal Law Review
Print ISSN 0011-135X
Publisher Sweet and Maxwell
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2020
Issue 2
Pages 129-147
Series ISSN 0011-135X
Keywords Access to legal advice, Delay, Digital technology, Police detention
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/3910873
Publisher URL https://uk.westlaw.com/Document/IC89186E0334211EA8B87AA7947A70345/View/FullText.html
Additional Information This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Criminal Law Review following peer review. The definitive published version Crim. L.R. 2020, 2, 129-147 is available online on Westlaw UK.

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