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Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

Section 152 - Access to legal advice

This section provides that any person detained under the Part is entitled to consult a solicitor privately at any time.  If such a request is made then it should be facilitated as soon as is practicable. The request and the time it was made should be recorded in writing. Article 59 of PACE, which deals with access to legal advice when in police custody, does not apply in relation to persons detained at a place of safety under this Part.

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