|Posted: 03 January 2008 at 17:15 | IP Logged
The Legal Services Commission has published a reminder on their web site that all own client police station cases must be logged with the Defence Solicitor Call Centre with effect from 14th January 2008:
Changes to the Defence Solicitor Call Centre (DSCC) will start as planned at 9am on 14 January.
From this time all requests for publicly funded police station work, including own solicitor requests, must be made through the DSCC. If the call centre canít make contact with a clientís own solicitor within two hours, a Duty Solicitor will be sent.
We believe the change balances the rights of clients to receive timely legal representation with their right to instruct their own solicitor. Clients may change to their own solicitor at a later stage if their case goes to court.
This change does not require changes to the PACE code and is not subject to Parliamentary approval.
To see the full text of this announcement follow this link.
Criminal Solicitor Dot Net