Use of bail in domestic abuse cases

Part of Domestic Abuse Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:15 pm on 17th June 2020.

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Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough 2:15 pm, 17th June 2020

With this it will be convenient to discuss new clause 31—Initial bail period for domestic abuse cases—

“(1) Section 47ZB of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 is amended as follows.

(2) After subsection (1)(a) insert—

“(ab) in a DA case, the period of 3 months beginning with the person‘s bail start date, or”

(3) After subsection (4)(c) insert—

“(2) A “DA case” is a case in which—

(a) the relevant offence in relation to the person falls within the definition of “domestic abuse” in section 1 of the Domestic Abuse Act 2020, and

(b) a senior officer confirms that sub-paragraph (i) applies.””

This new clause provides for an extension that would maintain bail for the duration of the pre-charge period, and remove the need for extensions, in most cases. This will also reduce the demand on police forces caused by processing bail extensions.