A Record of Interview forms part of a criminal investigation, where the police officer who is investigating a matter puts the allegations to the person accused of an offence. It is a requirement of all criminal investigations that a person who may be accused or charged with an offence has an opportunity to answer the allegations.
The Record of Interview is also an opportunity for the accused person to give their side of the allegations, to deny the allegations or to admit guilt of offending. A Record of Interview can be considered to be a statement to police from the accused person.
There is no obligation on persons being interviewed to answer the questions, and all persons have the right to give a “no comment” interview. It is very important for anyone who is to be interviewed to request to have legal advice prior to the interview.