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Defining the “Appropriate” in “Appropriate Adult”: restrictions and opportunities for reform

Dehaghani, Roxanna ORCID: 2020. Defining the “Appropriate” in “Appropriate Adult”: restrictions and opportunities for reform. Criminal Law Review , pp. 1137-1155.

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The appropriate adult (AA) safeguard is potentially an important source of protection for vulnerable suspects in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This paper maps out the role of the AA as provided in law and guidance, drawing attention to some of the problems with—and restrictions placed on—the safeguard. In identifying the ‘appropriateness’ of the AAs role, it is argued that various aspects of the role be more clearly defined, and it is further suggested that the safeguard needs to be reworked with an explicit commitment to the needs of the suspect. Finally, the paper urges that future research focuses on the qualities and activities when determining ‘appropriateness’ rather than simply the AA’s identity.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice (CCLJ)
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
Publisher: Sweet and Maxwell
ISSN: 0011-135X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 December 2020
Date of Acceptance: 7 October 2020
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2023 12:19

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