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Postby megaman » Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:58 pm

Ive watched a few episodes of 24hr in police custody

sometimes during interviews they ask a load of leading questions which can be answered with a single yes/no or follow up their questions with possible answers phrased as a yes no question.

The problem with these types of question are well known and they are inadmissable.

So why do they use them?
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Re: leading questions police interview

Postby 3.14 » Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:19 pm

megaman wrote:...and they are inadmissable.
Are they?
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Re: leading questions police interview

Postby dls » Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:26 pm

It is the job of the solicitor to intervene and prevent unfair questioning.
However, a police interview is not a questioning in court. Rules which apply as rules in court do not apply in a police interview. An interview undertaken in such a manner if introduced at trial may indeed be challenged if unfair under section 78 of PACE.

Leading questions may also be asked in court. The restrictions apply to the questioning of one's own witness. You can lead the other side's witness wherever they will go.
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Re: leading questions police interview

Postby Maz JP » Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:03 pm

dls wrote:It is the job of the solicitor to intervene and prevent unfair questioning.
However, a police interview is not a questioning in court. Rules which apply as rules in court do not apply in a police interview. An interview undertaken in such a manner if introduced at trial may indeed be challenged if unfair under section 78 of PACE.
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Which is, I assume, one reason why, when we read transcripts of police interviews in Court, often large amounts will be redacted.
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