Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

The Future of Pre-charge Police Bail

Date: 17 June 2015
Time: 09:30-16:00

In this Section:

The seminar will bring together experts in pre-charge bail to discuss this controversial police power which has significant implications for suspects’, victims’ and the public’s view of the legitimacy of the police.

It will examine the current operation of pre-charge police bail, current plans to amend the law and policy; consider the findings of an independent empirical research study; and assess possible futures for pre-charge bail and its alternatives in terms of law, policy and practice.

Location Details

20 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0AL

The venue is in central London and easily accessible from all the mainline train stations. The nearest tube station is Russell Square. Euston Square, Goodge Street, Tottenham Court Road and Warren Street are also all within 5-15 minutes walk of the venue.

Provisional Programme

9.00 - 9.30
Arrival and refreshments

9.30 - 9.45
Welcome and introduction

9.45 - 11.15
An investigation of pre-charge bail in two police forces: the findings of empirical research
Professor Anthea Hucklesby (University of Leeds)

11.15 - 11.45
Refreshments

11.45 - 12.30
Should pre-charge bail be abolished?
Professor Ed Cape (University of the West of England)

12.30 - 13.15
Lunch

13.15 - 15.00
Pre-charge bail: the views of stakeholders

‘A balancing act? Pre-charge bail and ensuring justice for all’
Vera Baird QC (Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner)

‘Making prosecutions effective: the advantages and pitfulls of pre-charge bail’
Martin Goldman (Chief Crown Prosecutor Yorkshire and Humberside)

‘Defendants’ rights and pre-charge bail’
Richard Atkinson (Robin Murray and Co. solicitors and member of the Criminal Law Committee, Law Society)

15.00 - 15.45
Panel discussion: the future of pre-charge bail

Richard Atkinson (Robin Murray and Co. solicitors and member of the Criminal Law Committee, Law Society)
Vera Baird QC (Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner)
Professor Ed Cape (University of the West of England)
Martin Goldman (Chief Crown Prosecutor Yorkshire and Humberside)
Professor Anthea Hucklesby (University of Leeds)

15.45 - 16.00
Closing remarks

A summary of the findings from the project is available here:

Pre-charge bail: an investigation of its use in two police forces

Also read Professor Anthea Hucklesby’s responses to the College of Policing consultation on The Use of Pre-charge bail (2014) and the Home Office consultation on the Pre-charge bail: Introduction of Statutory Time Limits and Related changes

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