Police Powers in Ireland

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Police Powers in Ireland

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Police Powers in Ireland covers everything a practitioner needs to know about police powers in the context of the investigation of crime as well as general interactions between the members of An Garda Síochána and the public.

The second edition of this book not only provides an analysis of up-to-date case law but commences with the history of the force, their duties and powers. Then it details the importance of human rights (liberty, property rights, privacy, right to silence, rights of detained persons); the interpretation of legislation regarding police powers and the limitation of those powers; the relationship between the police and the public; and arrest and detention.

The law on drawing adverse inferences (i.e. when people fail to answer questions) has changed significantly since the last edition and is dealt with in detail.

This book examines the changes which DPP v JC had on the exclusionary rule. The title covers the important case of Damache v DPP (2012) IESC 11 dealing with the competing interests between state and the accused – that case concerned a breach of fair procedures for a guard to issue a search warrant in furtherance of his own investigation.
This second edition covers the following key areas:
The questioning of suspects;
Police powers to enter property and powers to search that property;
Stop and search of vehicles;
Observation, surveillance and phone-tapping;
Evidence (seizure and retention of);
Forensic evidence;
Visual ID (parades, videos, photos);
Trial and remedies (civil proceedings);
Garda Ombudsman.

This title is included in Bloomsbury Professional's Irish Criminal Law online service.

Table of Contents

Ch 1: An Garda Síochána
Ch 2: Duties and Powers
Ch 3: Human Rights
Ch 4: Interpretation and Limitation
Ch 5: The Police and the Public
Ch 6: Arrest and Detention
Ch 7: Questions, Answers and Statements
Ch 8: Adverse Inferences
Ch 9: Powers to Enter Private Property
Ch 10: Search of the Person
Ch 11: Vehicles
Ch 12: Observation, Surveillance, Phones, Post and Computers
Ch 13: Evidence
Ch 14: Forensic Evidence
Ch 15: Visual Identification Evidence
Ch 16: Entrapment
Ch 17: Trials and Remedies

Product details

Published 13 Jun 2024
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 2nd
Extent 512
ISBN 9781526527554
Imprint Bloomsbury Professional
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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