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NCJ Number: 149637 Find in a Library
Title: Report on a Review of Police Powers in Queensland, Volume IV: Suspects' Rights, Police Questioning and Pre- Charge Detention
Corporate Author: Queensland Criminal Justice Cmssn
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 178
Sponsoring Agency: Queensland Criminal Justice Cmssn
Brisbane Albert Street, QLD, 4002
Publication Number: ISBN 0-7242-5846-9
Sale Source: Queensland Criminal Justice Cmssn
P.O. Box 137
Brisbane Albert Street, QLD,
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This volume of the Criminal Justice Commission Report on a Review of Police Powers focuses on the police use of questioning and considers the need for changes to the current law and practice in Queensland.
Abstract: One chapter addresses the importance of police questioning in the investigative process. It examines the rules that govern police questioning of suspects and the ways in which police react to these rules. The next chapter considers various options for dealing with problems in the law and practice of police questioning of suspects. On the basis of this analysis, the commission concludes that there is a need for a detailed legislative scheme to regulate police questioning of suspects. Other chapters describe the proposed scheme of regulation for the questioning of suspects, both those who have been arrested and those who are "voluntary attendees." The proposed scheme is based on similar schemes in other Australian States and in the United Kingdom. Chapters that explain the proposed scheme are organized under the following headings: the status and rights of the suspect, the length and purpose of pre-charge detention, the provision of free legal advice to suspects, and the role and responsibilities of the custody officer. The final chapter discusses the means of ensuring compliance with the requirements of the scheme. 54 references and an appended executive summary of volume I
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
Index Term(s): Foreign police; Interview and interrogation; Law reform; Suspect interrogation
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