Bail in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • LP (LTTE area – Tamils – Colombo – risk?)
    • Asylum and Immigration Tribunal
    • 12 Abr 2007

    We agree with the logic that those who have been released after going to court and released from custody on formal bail are reasonably likely, on the evidence, to be not only recorded on the police records as bail jumpers but obviously on the court records as well.

    Much will depend on the evidence relating to the formality of the detention (or lack of it) and the manner in which the bribe was taken and the credibility of the total story. If the detention is an informal one, or it is highly unlikely that the bribe or “bail” has been officially recorded, then the risk level to the applicant is likely to be below that of a real risk.

    Other issues which require careful evaluation involve the previous attention paid to the appellant by the Sri Lankan authorities. Questions of whether the appellant has been previously detained and for how long will be significant, as will the reasons for the detention. A short detention following a round-up may be of little significance; a longer detention as a result of a targeted operation will be much more significant.

  • R v Jones (Robert) (No. 2)
    • Court of Appeal
    • 09 Mar 1972

    To grant this application at this stage would, in the view of this Court, be to put a premium on prisoners jumping bail; it may even have the effect of encouraging others to do so. To put a premium on jumping bail is something which this Court is not for one moment prepared to countenance. The Applicant has brought this entirely on his own head, and he must now take the consequences.

  • Hurnam v State of Mauritius
    • Privy Council
    • 15 Dic 2005

    It is obvious that a person charged with a serious offence, facing a severe penalty if convicted, may well have a powerful incentive to abscond or interfere with witnesses likely to give evidence against him, and this risk will often be particularly great in drugs cases. Where there are reasonable grounds to infer that the grant of bail may lead to such a result, which cannot be effectively eliminated by the imposition of appropriate conditions, they will afford good grounds for refusing bail.

  • R (A) v Secretary of State for the Home Department
    • Court of Appeal
    • 30 Jul 2007

    I accept the submission on behalf of the Home Secretary that where there is a risk of absconding and a refusal to accept voluntary repatriation, those are bound to be very important factors, and likely often to be decisive factors, in determining the reasonableness of a person's detention, provided that deportation is the genuine purpose of the detention. The risk of absconding is important because it threatens to defeat the purpose for which the deportation order was made.

  • R v Central Criminal Court, ex parte Guney
    • House of Lords
    • 09 May 1996

    It is imperative that there should be an objectively ascertainable formal act which causes a defendant's bail to lapse at the beginning of a trial. From that moment the defendant's further detention lies solely within the discretion and power of the judge. Unless the judge grants bail the defendant will remain in custody pending and during his trial. This is a readily comprehensible system which causes no problems for the administration of justice.

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Books & Journal Articles
  • American Bail and the Tinting of Criminal Justice
    • Núm. 56-4, Diciembre 2017
    • The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice
    This article analyses the history of bail in the United States in an effort to situate this institution within the general narrative of criminal justice transformation during the 19th and 20th Cent...
  • The Granting of Bail: Principles and Practice*
    • Núm. 31-1, Enero 1968
    • The Modern Law Review
  • Postcode (in)justice: location and bail support services
    • Núm. 5-4, Noviembre 2019
    • Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice
    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the impact of location on access to justice for vulnerable defendants seeking bail. Design/methodology/approach: Qualitative interviews were conduc...
  • Gulf bail out for Jordan.
    • Núm. 2018, Enero 2018
    • The Middle East
    ...June 11, 2018 Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to provide an economic aid package worth $2.5 billion for Jordan, which is facing an economic crisis following anti-austerity protests. The package, announced at a summit......
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Law Firm Commentaries
  • Contractual Recognition of Bail-In Powers
    • JD Supra United Kingdom
    • Dentons
    • 2 de Julio de 2015
    Not just another clause for banks to add to their contracts, the compulsory inclusion of references to new bail-in powers in certain contracts will focus customers' minds on the ability of resoluti...
  • FMLC Publishes Response on Bail-in Powers
    • JD Supra United Kingdom
    • Orrick - Finance 20/20
    • 10 de Junio de 2014
    In response to a consultation by HM Treasury, the UK’s Financial Markets Law Committee (FMLC) published a letter on June 4 relating to the bail-in powers introduced by the Financial Services (Banki...
  • PRA publishes modification by consent for bail-in
    • JD Supra United Kingdom
    • Dentons
    • 1 de Diciembre de 2015
    PRA has transposed Article 55 of the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) through the rules in the Contractual Recognition of Bail-in part of the PRA Rulebook. The rules require firms and ...
  • AFME publishes model BRRD clause for bail-in recognition
    • JD Supra United Kingdom
    • Dentons
    • 5 de Octubre de 2015
    AFME has published a model clause for the contractual recognition of bail-in. It is for use by UK issuers of New York law governed debt securities who are subject to the requirements of article 55 ...
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