Consultation outcome

Revised PACE code A

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

This consultation response covers the outcome of the consultation on PACE Code A.

This revised Code A was laid before Parliament on 5 December 2014. Following parliamentary approval, the revised code came into force on 19 March 2015.

Read the new Code A 2015.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to


Consultation on proposed changes to PACE code A, which concerns police powers to stop and search suspects.


Consultation description

This consultation runs until Monday 20 October 2014.

The draft code has a covering note and detailed table outlining the changes and their purpose with links to the paragraphs concerned.

The changes in this draft have been made in order to implement the government’s commitment as set out in the consultation on stop and search, which is to:

revise the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) Code of Practice A to make clear what constitutes ‘reasonable grounds for suspicion’ – the legal basis upon which police officers carry out the vast majority of stops. The revised code will also emphasise that where officers are not using their powers properly they will be subject to formal performance or disciplinary proceedings

Read more about the stop and search consultation

Next steps

This draft is being circulated for consultation in accordance with section 67(4) of PACE.

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