Access to Legal Representation in Police Stations During COVID-19 Restrictions

Gavin Oxburgh, Alena Nash, Nicci Macleod, Dave Walsh, Laura Farrugia, Bruno Min

Research output: Other contribution


This policy briefing concerns research investigating the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on the legal representation and advice for suspects of crime. It is part of a wider project on The interviewing and legal representation of crime victims and suspects using digital communication methods. We surveyed 127legal professionals across England and Wales to establish their personal views. Our results found there has been a continuation of legal assistance during restrictions, but often using remote technology to communicate with clients. Respondents in this study believed they adapted well to the restrictions, with the exception of some difficulties relating to the use of technology and dealing with vulnerable groups.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021


  • Remote
  • Digital
  • COVID 19
  • Suspects
  • Communication


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