Kat Shields has written an article on “Technical Difficulties: constraints on bail applications and other preliminary hearings heard via live links under the Coronavirus Act 2020.”

Shortly after the national lockdown was announced on 23 March, the Coronavirus Act 2020 came into force. Tucked away in a Schedule to the Act were significant changes to the use of live links in criminal hearings. One such change relates to restricting when a Court may refuse or revoke bail during remote bail applications which are made before trial. Was this deliberate, or has Parliament unintentionally tied Courts’ hands in relation to bail? Either way, the problem will lead to a widespread inability on the part of magistrates and Judges in certain classes of cases to refuse bail.

To read the full article please click here: 24.04.20 Technical Difficulties – Bail and the Coronavirus Act 2020

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