The Times newspaper has recently reported that, according to Home Office sources, Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, plans to announce reforms to the extent that suspects of criminal activity can be bailed for a period of up to ninety days where deemed ‘necessary and proportionate’ in cases where, for example, a suspect presents a risk of violence.
Suki Randhawa of Kangs Solicitors comments upon the current situation.
Kangs Solicitors enjoys an enviable reputation developed over a period in excess of twenty years for providing first class service defending clients facing accusations of criminal conduct of every conceivable nature.
We are recognised as one of the leading Criminal Defence firms in the country being top-ranked in both the leading legal directories Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.
We appreciate the strain on those arrested in relation to serious allegations of criminal conduct and we are here to assist in the face of such difficulties and pressures.
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The Present Position | Kangs Criminal Defence Team
The Policing & Crime Act 2017, which overhauled the old Police bail system, provided new rules governing the granting of bail enabling suspects to be released pending the conclusion of investigations.
Those rules were designed to reduce the lengthy periods of Police bail then being experienced and that the amount of time spent on investigations and charging decisions would be restricted to twenty-eight days, with extensions only being authorised by senior Police Officers and, ultimately, by the court.
Subsequent studies have revealed that:
- many vulnerable victims, particularly domestic abuse victims, are no longer protected by pre-charge bail conditions formerly imposed upon suspects and which regulated their conduct throughout the period of investigation,
- fresh offences were being committed against victims of domestic violence and harassment
- investigations were becoming longer with suspects left facing uncertainty for unacceptably lengthy periods. The London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association reported that in a sample of one hundred and nine released under investigation cases, more than sixty-nine had been on-going for between eighteen months and two years.
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