Released Under Investigation: High Time to Bail Out

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Prior to the Policing and Crime Act 2017, the provision of bail was set out by the Bail Act and refined by the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE). Bail provisions changed under the Policing and Crime Act 2017, which created a presumption against bail. The legislation permitted police to release suspects under investigation (RUI) which was permitted to last as long as the police required. This article contends that neither the police, suspects or victims of crime have benefitted from the changes and a new balance needs to be struck in order to achieve fair and just outcomes, in keeping with the doctrines outlined in Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
JournalThe Journal of Criminal Law
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2022


  • RUI
  • ECHR
  • bail
  • suspects' rights
  • presumption of innocence
  • suspects’ rights


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