Arrest Memo

The memo of arrest must detail the name of the arrested person, the time, date and place of arrest along with reasons for the arrest and what the suspected offence is.

An Arrest Memo or ‘Memo of Arrest’ is a document that the police must file at the time of arrest or immediately on bringing the arrested person back to the police station. It acts as a safeguard against illegal detention by the police.

It has to be signed by the police, two independent witnesses and the arrested person in order to ensure that the memo accurately details all of the facts.

It is very important to check the date and time of arrest as entered by the police on the arrest memo before signing it. If the police detain an arrested person for more than 24 hours before producing him/her before a magistrate, the arrest memo will be proof of police misconduct.

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