CDS Direct: Flying in the face of the evidence
Bridges, L. and Cape, E. (2008) CDS Direct: Flying in the face of the evidence. Other. Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.
Publisher's URL: http://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/
The product of a collaboration between Ed Cape and Lee Bridges (Professor of Law, Warwick University), this is a comprehensive analysis of the CDS (Criminal Defence Service) Direct policy. CDS Direct has significant implications for the right of a suspect arrested and detained by the police to consult a solicitor. The authors conclude that it undermines the statutory right to legal advice, is potentially in breach of Article 6 ECHR rights, and was introduced to cap legal aid expenditure.
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