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Police (Detention and Bail) Bill

The Police (Detention and Bail) Bill will reverse a High Court ruling which severely restricted how police can bail suspects, effectively overruling…

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The Police (Detention and Bail) Bill will reverse a High Court ruling which severely restricted how police can bail suspects, effectively overruling 25 years of policing practice. 

The bill will:

  • reverse the judgment on police bail and provide assurance that the police can continue to operate on the basis on which they have been operating for many years
  • ensure police forces can be protected from compensation claims arising from the original court decision by a provision contained in the Bill, which make the amendment to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 retrospective

The bill was introduced in the House of Commons on 5 July and is expected to complete its Commons stages on 7 July.

It will be considered by the House of Lords on 12 July, with Royal Assent expected immediately afterwards.

Explanatory notes

Explanatory notes on the Police (Detention and Bail) Bill are available on the Parliament website.