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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

When an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is arrested, the Officer in Charge of the police station where the person is taken should ensure that:

  • information on the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement (ALRM) services must, if available, be given
  • the name and the nature of the charge is supplied to the ALRM, if the accused consents
  • every practical effort to obtain a field officer from ALRM to arrange bail or give legal advice is made, if the accused requests
  • any telephone call (apart from a local call) be charged to the accused or, if he or she cannot afford to pay, to the ALRM if they agree to accept a reverse charge call
  • field officers assisting an accused obtain the same facilities as a lawyer, relative or friend
  • if questioning a tribal or semi-tribal Aboriginal about a serious offence, either a lawyer or an Aboriginal field officer is present. In special circumstances where the expertise of either the Department for Education or the Department of Human Services (SA) is needed, an officer of the Department may be called. If possible, those attending should have some understanding of the accused's language
  • if questioning an Aboriginal under the age of 18 years about a serious offence, a parent, guardian or Aboriginal field officer is present whenever possible.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders  :  Last Revised: Fri Jul 22nd 2016
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