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Magistrates: Bail

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 12 September 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to improve the accountability of local magistrates for the decisions which they take in relation to bail applications where the award of bail is followed by further offences whilst on bail. (155210)

The court's decision on whether to grant bail or remand a defendant in custody is governed by the Bail Act 1976. The court must decide on each occasion, with all the information before it, if the defendant presents such a bail risk as to warrant custody. This decision is an exercise of judicial discretion and as such is not subject to interference.