Being charged with a crime

Remand

If the court decides to put you on remand it means you will go to prison until your hearing at a magistrates’ court.

If you are under 18 you will be taken to a secure centre for young people, not an adult prison.

You will probably be put on remand if:

  • you have been charged with a serious crime, eg armed robbery
  • you have been convicted of a serious crime in the past
  • the police think you may not go to your court hearing
  • the police think you may commit another crime while on bail
  • you have been given bail before and not stuck to the terms

When you attend your hearing at a magistrates’ court, you might be put on remand again until your trial begins, even if you were previously given bail.