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Public consultation on Lord Advocate’s Codes of Practice on interview and identification

Today COPFS launches two public consultations on new Codes of Practice on interview and identification of persons suspected of committing offences. 

Section 57(1) of the Criminal Justice Act 2016 requires that the Lord Advocate issue two Codes of Practice - one on the questioning, and recording of questioning, of persons suspected of committing offences (the Interview Code) and the other on the conduct of identification procedures involving persons suspected of committing offences (the Identification Code).

This followed recommendations made by the Post-corroboration Safeguards Review, chaired by Lord Bonomy.

Section 57(4) of the Criminal Justice Act 2016 Act requires that a public consultation takes place, before the final versions of the Codes are issued. This public consultation commenced on 28 May 2021 and will last until 9 July 2021. 

You can view the draft Codes of Practice below:

Feedback can be sent to one of the following email addresses: 

  • For feedback on the Draft Code of Practice for identification, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • For feedback on the Draft Code of Practice for interview, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.