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Homicide: Bail

Justice written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many people have been given court bail after being charged with (a) murder and (b) attempted murder in each of the last three years;

(2) how many people on 8 July 2013 were on bail for (a) murder and (b) attempted murder.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Bail may not be granted to someone charged with murder unless the court is of the opinion that there is no significant risk that, if released on bail, that person would commit an offence that would be likely to cause injury to another person.

A change introduced by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 allows the CPS to appeal in cases where the Crown court grants bail in the face of representations from the prosecution.

The number of defendants remanded on bail at magistrates courts and the Crown court for the offences of murder and attempted murder, in England and Wales, in each year between 2010 and 2012 (latest currently available), is shown in the table.

The table presents data based on the final date on which the defendants appeared in court and proceedings were concluded. The date on which the court made remand decisions on those defendants is not held centrally, with remand decisions potentially made at an earlier stage during proceedings in previous months.

Defendants remanded on bail at magistrates courts(1) and the Crown court for the offences of murder(2) and attempted murder, England and Wales, 2010 to 2012
Court type / offence 2010 2011 2012
Magistrates courts(3)      
Murder 3 1 0
Attempted murder 10 16 17
The Crown court(3)      
Murder 4 2 2
Attempted murder 9 9 4
(1) Data for magistrates courts are estimated. (2) The offence of murder is contrary to Common Law. (3) Remand status shown is that recorded at the point of committal from the magistrates court to the Crown court for trial or sentence. (4) Cases of murder proceeded against at magistrates courts are subsequently committed for trial or sentence at the Crown court. It is therefore possible for defendants to be counted twice in this table. Note: Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used. Source: Ministry of Justice Court Proceedings Database.

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