- Search Warrants
- Without Search Warrants
- What to do if contacted by Police
- Police Questioning
- Where a Police Officer demands your name & address
- Right to Speak With a Lawyer
- Right to Silence
Before a police officer starts to question you for an indictable offence, the police officer must advise you that you may—
- telephone or speak to a friend or relative to inform the person of your whereabouts and ask the person to be present during questioning; and
- telephone or speak to a lawyer of your choice and arrange, or attempt to arrange, for the lawyer to be present during the questioning.
The police officer must delay the questioning for a reasonable time to allow you to telephone or speak to a friend or lawyer.
If you arrange for someone to be present, the police officer must delay the questioning for a reasonable time to allow the other person to arrive. What is a reasonable time to delay questioning to allow a friend, relative or lawyer to arrive at the place of questioning will depend on the particular circumstances, including, for example—
- how far the person has to travel to the place; and
- when the person indicated he or she would arrive at the place.
Unless special circumstances exist, a delay of more than 2 hours may be unreasonable.
The first act you should do at arriving at the Police Station is ask to speak with a lawyer.