Policy paper

Terrorism Act 2000 video recording code of practice

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

The Terrorism Act 2000 video recording code of practice came into operation on Tuesday 10 July 2012.



This code of practice reflects a recommendation in the government’s review of counter-terrorism and security powers, published in January 2011.

The review recommended that the provisions contained in the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 which will enable the post-charge questioning of terrorist suspects should be commenced. The Act requires any post-charge interviews of suspects to be video recorded with sound. As an additional safeguard, interviews conducted pre-charge, under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 should also be video-recorded, as should interviews under Schedule 7 to that Act (where they are conducted at a police station). This reflects a commitment made by the previous government during the passage of the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008.

The Act requires a code of practice to be issued to provide guidance on such recording. It also provides that the relevant PACE codes of practice must make provision for post-charge questioning. Accordingly, the government has introduced this new code of practice for the video recording with sound of interviews of individuals detained in respect of terrorism or terrorism-related offences and a revised PACE Code H.