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These documents set out the government’s response to the issues raised during the consultation, an evidence review of pre-charge bail, the impact of our proposed changes and details of the 844 responses we received.
The measures we propose to take forward include:
- removing the statutory presumption to release without bail
- adjusting the timescales and authorisation levels for pre-charge bail to better reflect the operational realities faced by investigating officers, whilst maintaining rigorous oversight of decisions to extend bail timelines
- ensure that victims are a key part in the pre-charge bail process, that they are fully informed as the case progresses and are able to ask questions and provide views where appropriate
- working with policing stakeholders to ensure there is appropriate guidance to operate the pre-charge bail system
On 5 November 2019 the government launched a review of pre-charge bail legislation to put victims’ safety first and support police investigations.
This public consultation exercise is a central part of the wider review. This paper sets out issues raised by stakeholders alongside a corresponding set of initial proposals on which views are sought.