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Kitchen table interviews

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July 22nd, 2020

Throughout lockdown many interviews carried out at both Derby and Chesterfield custody suites have taken place remotely.

Whether it is a week day morning or the middle of a week day night officers have been keen to limit footfall by arranging for solicitors to attend police interviews over Skype, and sometimes over the telephone.

These interviews are obviously far from ideal but they are a way of ensuring that detainees still receive proper professional advice and sometimes they avoid the inevitable delay that can follow when a solicitor has to travel to the police station when the police have been late in notifying them of the interview time.

There was a period of time when Chesterfield police station was not allowing any defence representatives to attend for interview at all. St Marys Wharf police station in Derby has allowed for some attendance although for a while it was discouraged.

By having at least five people on call at any one time we have been able to deal with virtual interviews as and whenever they have been called for. Defence representatives from the Johnson Partnership have taken time to get to know clients and put them at their ease before sharing with them the information that has been obtained from the police and then advising them about how to deal with the forthcoming interviews.

Whenever possible we have continued to attend for interviews because we firmly believe that face to face contact with any detainee is the best way of guaranteeing a strong meaningful and beneficial working relationship!

During lockdown the Derbyshire criminal courts have run in a greatly reduced and somewhat experimental way. A lot of custody cases have been heard at Derby although prisoners have appeared via video links from Ripley police station and Chesterfield police station.

As the lockdown has eased so more work is being handled by Chesterfield magistrates court although at the moment the cases at Chesterfield are mainly for people on bail.

At the Johnson Partnership we have substantial teams of solicitors and clerks based both at our Chesterfield and Derby offices. Wherever a case is to be heard you can rest assured there will be somebody available who can take the time to get to know you and your circumstances. The person representing you will know and be known to the Magistrates before whom you are appearing. Whether it is an occasional bank holiday or Saturday court or a hearing at a newly opened weekday court centre.

FOOTBALL LAWYERS FOR FOOTBALL LAW

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June 29th, 2020

For many years the Johnson Partnership have had a team of lawyers spread across all of our 11 offices who specialise, amongst other things, in dealing with football related matters.

Running on the pitch, throwing items from the stands, and chanting offences are all covered by the 1991 Football (Offences) Act. Riot, violent disorder, affray, breaches of the peace, weapons offences, and breaches of football banning orders are all matters which give rise to prosecutions more or less frequently.

It is important to note, particularly during the current spate of matches being played behind closed doors that many offences that might attract a football banning order and indeed far more swinging penalties can be committed well away from the football ground.

The use of police spotters and the wide availability of CCTV can mean that fans are arrested long after a match has been completed. The matters for which they are being arrested might have occurred at a transport hub, a bar, a shopping centre, or just on a public street. A common tactic of the police is to warn fans to attend for a voluntary interview often in the hope they will not have a lawyer with them. The interview will be under caution and it is just as relevant as a interview carried out when somebody is under arrest.

It is vital for all fans to know whether they are in custody or been asked to attend as a volunteer they can have someone with them free of charge. Our solicitors have attended football related interviews in places as far apart as London and Carlisle, Sunderland and Bournemouth. We are happy to attend in person so that we can provide continuity of service throughout any investigation or prosecution.

As far as football banning orders are concerned our team are experts in avoiding, discharging, and contesting breaches of banning orders of all sorts.

Wherever you are asked to attend for an interview or in order to answer a summons or in relation to a charge you can rely upon a Johnsons solicitor being with you home or away.

THE JOHNSON PARTNERSHIP LINCOLN SOLICITORS!

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June 27th, 2020

During the Corona epidemic our Lincoln office will remain staffed. We are available to advise on a 24 hour basis and we are available to attend the police stations either personally or by video link as well as at Magistrates’ Courts both locally and nationally.

Vicki Clayton and Kerry Close are staffing the office personally and will be able to respond to enquiries with speed and alacrity except of course when they are involved in court hearings or police station interviews. Please contact us on (01522) 306189.

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