Coronavirus (COVID-19) interview protocol

We have worked with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) on a coronavirus (COVID-19) interview protocol.

This guidance is intended to assist investigators and prosecutors in deciding whether suspects should be interviewed as part of a police investigation during the coronavirus pandemic.

It was first published on 1 April and is reviewed monthly. It is intended for use only during the coronavirus crisis.

The Interview Protocol was revised following feedback from police, defence practitioners, the Home Office and the National Appropriate Adult Network, and a new version was published on 24 April.

The amendments include:

  • provision for defence practitioners to “attend” police interviews by telephone in certain circumstances
  • adding that special care should be taken in deciding whether, and how, an interview of a child or vulnerable adult should proceed. When an appropriate adult is required for a suspect, they must be physically present with the suspect in interview and should be involved in any discussion about interview arrangements