As the new figures showed that there is a possibility that some suspects would have to wait much longer for a decision on their case the Law Society stated that there had to be limitation of about 28 days on police bail. Usually while the police are investigating a crime there are arrested people who are later bailed. The number of people on bail in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 57,000, according to the legal documents reviewed.
As a preventive measure such people have many restrictions on their movement and finances.
A recent research showed that the decision on the cases of 3,172 of them have not been announced for over six months.
There is even a case in which a man, who was arrested in 2009 on suspicion of fraud, was on bail for three and a half years.
Most people on bail admit that they are not able to live a normal life with all the limitations they have to bear in mind.
Nowadays, police have the power to keep suspects on bail for as long as they wish.
Richard Atkinson, who chairs the organisation’s criminal law committee, commented: “I would call for a 28-day statutory maximum period for police bail. But it could be extended by applying to a magistrate. There, police would have to explain what stage they were at in their investigation and why a further 28-day extension of bail was necessary.”
He received a respond from the Home Office claiming that in their opinion police bails were mixture of protecting the rights of individuals and at the same time allowing police to carry out their criminal investigations.