UK: THOUSANDS OF SUSPECTS LEFT IN LEGAL LIMBO DUE TO CHANGES TO PRE-CHARGE BAIL

An article in the Law Society Gazette on 10th June reported that the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association has been surveying members for the past month on how many suspects are being released under investigation since a 28-day time limit for police bail came into force in April 2017.  Solicitors who responded to the survey reported a total of 6,519 cases where their client has been released under investigation in the past 3 months.  More than half of respondents have cases under police investigation which have already lasted between 18 months and 2 years. Typically, it is said, after arresting a suspect, the police put the suspect on a ‘bail to return’ for 28 days with conditions and, before 28 days, the case is converted to a ‘release under investigation’ with no conditions, ‘and without going anywhere near a court for scrutiny from a judge or magistrate’.

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/practice/no-mans-land-thousands-of-suspects-left-in-legal-limbo-/5070547.article

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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