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Bail Changes…A Year On

I wrote a blog just over a year ago (3 April 2017) highlighting the changes to police bail. Click here to read.

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When introduced, the belief was that the changes would prevent people from being kept on police bail for any longer than was necessary and that matters would be concluded with greater expedition.

A year on, my experience is that the removal of bail has been beneficial for a very small minority who have had their matters concluded faster than they would have done before.

Unfortunately, as I anticipated would happen, the vast majority are now ‘RUI’d’ (Released Under Investigation) and will have to wait weeks or more likely months to see if they are going to be re-interviewed by the police, summonsed to court or told that no further action will be taken against them.

This continued uncertainty is simply not fair on people who’s lives are put on hold in the meantime. 

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