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date: 02 December 2023

4 p. 125Detention: Part IVlocked

4 p. 125Detention: Part IVlocked

  • Paul Ozin
  •  and Heather Norton


This chapter describes Sections 34 to 51, which make up Part IV of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984. Part IV sets out the conditions under which a person can be held in police detention and when they must be released, the role and responsibilities of the custody officer, and a timetable within which decisions relating to detention and charge must be made. It also talks about a person in police detention for the purposes of PACE if taken to a police station following arrest or is arrested at the police station. The chapter examines how a person is to be treated as under arrest for an offence where they return to a police station to answer bail. It cites Section 34(1), which specifies that a person arrested for an offence will not be kept in police detention except in accordance with the provisions of PACE.

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