The Law Society has raised concerns over the safety and availability of criminal solicitors in courts, after calls to revert to remote police station advice were rejected by the police, despite a recent surge in cases and the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

In April 2020, a police station protocol was introduced to facilitate the provision of remote legal advice for suspects, with their consent.

In May 2021, changes were made to the protocol and it no longer applied in cases that involved suspects who were children or vulnerable adults. From October 2021, a new version of the protocol reinstated in-person attendance, ex...

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