Suspects are usually taken into custody suddenly and without notice to either the suspects themselves or their next of kin. The measure of pre-trial detention is used often by the police, and it is therefore important to ensure a thorough review of the order before the courts.
If the police arrest a person and want to hold him or her in custody, the person must be brought before a judge within 24 hours of the time of arrest. To ensure the best possible advice and defence, it is important that we are informed of the arrest as quickly as possible.
Due to the short time limit, one of our attorneys is always available to attend preliminary statutory hearings at very short notice. We ensure that all aspects of the case are examined before the preliminary statutory hearing and that both the suspect and possibly also their next of kin are given the best possible information about the process.
Appearing in court for a preliminary statutory hearing and possibly being taken into custody are distressing experiences and give rise to many questions and great uncertainty. We have extensive experience in advising detainees.
The defence counsel is often the only person with whom a detainee is entitled to have unsupervised contact. We therefore give priority to ensuring that the attorney can always be contacted by the suspect and that as many meetings are held during custody as are required by the case and the suspect.
Detainees and their next of kin have a number of rights, including the possibility of visits. We always ensure that the rights of suspects and their next of kin are respected.