Practice and Procedure

Prosecutors to have power to challenge Crown court bail

PUBLISHED January 17, 2012

The justice minister has announced plans to change the law to allow prosecutors to challenge decisions made by judges in the Crown court to release defendants on bail.

Crispin Blunt said the move will allow decisions to be reviewed in the High Court where prosecutors believe defendants pose a danger to society or are likely to leave the country.

The rule will be created through an amendment to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, currently going through parliament.

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