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Getting away with murder

An inadmissible confession, and the lengths the police can go in pursuit of a suspect,
shows the significance of PACE, writes Maia Cohen-Lask

18 October 2016

The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) and its associated codes of practice are the source of a comprehensive system

of suspects’ rights. Judges

have wide-ranging powers to exclude evidence obtained unfairly.

Where there have been significant and substantial breaches of PACE, any admissions made thereafter

will not be admissible. This is a stricter regime than applied to other types of evidence – the general principle is that if it is relevant it should be admitted. This sets out that the end does not justify the means.These are principles with which most would concur. However, the...

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