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Proposal to restrict Police bail

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The Law society made a freedom of information request and found out that there are more than 57,000 people currently on police bail awaiting a decision as to what action, if any, will be taken against them.

Also the data shown was only taken from 34 of the 44 police forces in the country, so the figure is definitely higher. The Law Society has proposed a 28 day time limit on police bail, which could be extended on application my a Magistrate who would have been informed of the status of the investigation. However it is unclear whether The Law Society proposes that solicitors would be entitled to make representations at any such hearing, but the proposal should be welcomed particularly for those that find themselves on long term police bail for fraud offences.

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