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Bail Applications

Volume 13: debated on Monday 23 November 1981

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asked the Attorney-General how many applications for bail to a judge in chambers were made through the Crown Office in 1980; what percentage of these was heard within seven days of the defendant's last court appearance; and what percentage of applications was successful.

During 1980, 522 applications for bail were made to a judge in chambers through the Crown Office; 364 orders were made, and the success rate was 68·7 per cent. The time interval between last court appearances and hearings are not recorded and cannot be obtained without an inordinate amount of work.

asked the Attorney-General how many applications for bail to a judge in chambers were made through the Official Solicitor in 1980; what percentage of these was heard within seven days of the defendant's last court appearance; and what percentage of applications was successful.

During 1980, 5,275 applications for bail were made to a judge in chambers through the Official Solicitor; 473 orders were made, and the success rate was 8·97 per cent. The time interval between last court appearance and hearing is not recorded and cannot be obtained without an inordinate amount of work.