In brief: Demand up for advice on right to silence

The change in the right to silence provision has led to a steep increase in the demand for advice by police station duty solicitors. Figures from the Legal Aid Board show a 21 per cent increase in requests for advice over the months of April and May. The new caution was introduced on 1 April. The Law Society's criminal law spokesman Roger Ede says the figures support early fears that “the new provisions would leave most suspects bewildered and uncertain of their legal position and very much in need of legal help, so adding to legal aid expenditure”.