You can get your own solicitor or you can ask to speak to the duty solicitor at court who will be able to give you some advice and maybe represent you. You can apply for legal aid to pay for a solicitor at the Magistrates’ Court.
Is a duty solicitor free in court?
Any person who is charged with an offence for which you can receive a prison sentence for is entitled to a duty solicitor free of charge at court for the first court hearing. The duty solicitor is from a panel of local solicitors who take turns to be on rota for the day.
How do I contact a duty solicitor?
Legal advice at the police station
- ask for the police station’s ‘duty solicitor’ – they’re available 24 hours a day and independent of the police.
- tell the police you would like legal advice – the police will contact the Defence Solicitor Call Centre ( DSCC )
- ask the police to contact a solicitor, eg your own one.
How does a duty solicitor work?
The duty solicitor provides legal advice, assistance and representation to those people who face disadvantage in court due to factors such as a lack of financial resources, lack of understanding of court procedures, language barriers, cultural background, age, physical or mental health, and gender.
What is the purpose of a duty solicitor?
A duty solicitor, duty counsel, or duty lawyer, is a solicitor whose services are available to a person either suspected of, or charged with, a criminal offence free of charge (pro bono), if that person does not have access to a solicitor of their own and usually if it is judged by a means test that they cannot afford …
How much does a duty solicitor earn?
The average Duty solicitor salary is £34,172. This is 1.2% below the national average advertised salary of £34,581. Year-on-year pay for Duty solicitor jobs has gone down 6.0% year-on-year, compared to an annual change of -4.1% for all jobs. Most Duty solicitor job ads are for Legal Jobs and Accounting & Finance Jobs.
Do I need a solicitor to attend magistrates court?
Legal Representation. You should attend the Magistrates’ Court in good time for your hearing. It is best to have a solicitor represent you if possible. You can get your own solicitor or you can ask to speak to the duty solicitor at court who will be able to give you some advice and maybe represent you.
Should you talk to police without a lawyer?
A: No. You have the constitutional right to remain silent. In general, you do not have to talk to law enforcement officers (or anyone else), even if you do not feel free to walk away from the officer, you are arrested, or you are in jail. You cannot be pun- ished for refusing to answer a question.
What is the Defence Solicitor call Centre?
It is the job of the Defence Solicitor Call Centre (DSCC) in Purley, Surrey (the DSCC’s other site is in Hinckley, Leicestershire), to route these calls concerning the fate of detainees from police stations up and down the country either to the CDS Direct helpline, or to a law firm to send a real, live solicitor to the …
Can I refuse to give my details to police UK?
5. You DO NOT have to give your name and address unless the officer points out an offence he / she suspects you have committed. However, not providing your details may lead to you being detained for longer.
Do you have to attend a voluntary police interview?
What is a voluntary police interview? A voluntary police interview or interview under caution is a formal conversation with police that usually takes place at a police station. You do not have to attend and you can leave at any time once the interview has begun.
Are duty solicitors rubbish?
to the OP: yes. you would otherwise if you don’t know anyone then there is an on duty solicitor at the station however they generally are rubbish.
Can a solicitor represent in magistrates court?
A solicitor would represent you at the police station, as well as at the magistrates court. … If your case is more difficult and/or it is particularly serious, some solicitors will be able to do a good job for you provided they have the relevant experience and expertise.