Criminal justice

Communication with prisoners by mobile phone

The illicit possession and use of mobile telephones by prison inmates is becoming an increasing issue.

Prisoners are reportedly using illicitly possessed mobile telephones to make calls from prison including calls to their solicitor's mobile telephone or office landline. You may call them back using a mobile telephone number supplied to them, or to your office staff, without realising that the call may be being made to an illicitly possessed telephone.

This practice note is intended to alert you to this problem and help you avoid the risk of inadvertently committing or procuring the commission of a criminal offence.

This practice note is the Law Society’s view of good practice in this area, and is not legal advice. For more information see the legal status.