Definition of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

the Police and Criminal Evidence Act

 
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(abbr PACE)
 
a British law passed in 1984 which sets down rules for the behaviour of the police in fighting crime. The rules are about their powers to stop and search people and to search buildings, about arresting, questioning and keeping people at a police station, and holding information about people and their criminal records.