Government launches public consultation on pre-charge bail

05 February 2020

Home Secretary Priti Patel has today announced the launch of a consultation on pre-charge bail to protect victims and ensure the police are supported to investigate crimes.

Pre-charge bail allows police to release a suspect from custody, usually subject to conditions, while officers continue their investigation or await a charging decision.

The Home Office is launching a consultation in recognition that more needs to be done to ensure cases are dealt with effectively.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said "The public consultation forms a central part of this review, which will help ensure the needs of victims are put first and the police can investigate crimes effectively and swiftly".

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