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What does remand in custody mean?

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Where there is a high risk of the defendant committing another offence, failing to turn up at court, intimidating you or obstructing the course of justice the police will keep the defendant in detention and take them to the magistrates court. The Crown Prosecutor will be given details of the offence and reasons why the police think that they should be remanded in custody to a prison. It is up to the prosecutor to decide whether or not they agree with the police recommendation. One of the things they will think about will be circumstances and potential threat to the victim or other witnesses. The defendant will usually be represented by a solicitor who may argue that they should be given bail. After hearing the prosecutor and the defence solicitor or defendant, the magistrates will decide on bail. If the defendant is remanded in custody, they may apply one more time for bail to the magistrates and then if that application is refused they can apply to a judge. After this they cannot ... more
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Where there is a high risk of the defendant committing another offence, failing to turn up to court, intimidating you or obstructing the course of justice, the police will keep the defendant in custody, until they are able to bring them to the magistrates' court for a decision to be taken on whether they should be remanded in custody. They must be brought before the next available court. The prosecutor in the case will be given details of the offence and reasons why the suspect should be remanded in custody to a prison. The prosecutor will present these details to the court. The defendant will usually be represented by a solicitor who may argue that they should be given bail. Q. What does 'unconditional and conditional bail' mean? A: Where it is believed there is some small risk that the defendant may commit another offence, will not attend court, or might intimidate you or other witnesses, or otherwise obstruct the course of justice, bail, if granted, will be conditional. This means ... more
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