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What should I do if a client in prison contacts me using an unlawfully possessed mobile phone?

Calling the mobile phone of a client who is in prison is a criminal offence. However, I am concerned about clients in prison calling me using unlawfully possessed mobile telephones. What should I do if a client contacts me in this way?

If you receive a call from a prisoner on a mobile phone you should inform the caller that they are committing an offence> You should also state that you and your staff will not accept calls in such circumstances and that you will end the call.

Before ending the call you may wish to warn your client that continued calls from a mobile telephone while they are in prison may lead to the termination of your retainer, because the client is putting you in a position where you may be complicit in the commission of a criminal offence.

For further information, read our practice note on communication with prisoners by mobile phone.

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Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this article, it does not constitute legal advice and cannot be relied upon as such. The Law Society does not accept any responsibility for liabilities arising as a result of reliance upon the information given.

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