Law Society Calls For 28 Day Limit On Police Bail

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.


Dispute Over Burial Of Richard III To End Up In The High Court

Recently relatives of the former king Richard III took issue with plans to bury his remains so there is a big chance that the discovered bones may become the subject of a High Court battle.

These remains were found last year under a car park near Leicester Cathedral.

They were confirmed to be those of the king who was buried in 1485 at the church of the Greyfriars.

A team from the University of Leicester found the bones of Richard III. This team had a licence from the Ministry of Justice which gave them the right to dig and also granted them that they would have the right to say where he had to be buried. Their current plan is to rebury him at Leicester Cathedral. May be thei will need to request a document drafting service in order to comply with the legislation.

However, now a group of 15 king’s descendents called the Plantagenet Alliance, claims they should actually also have the final word about Richard’s burial saying his will would have been to be buried in York.

These threatened they would take legal action as their human rights were violated. Now they want a public and academic consultation so that the High Court determines where the body should be buried.

Vanessa Roe, one of the descendants said: “It is well documented throughout the centuries that he wanted his remains to be buried in York, amongst his family,”.

Sir Peter Soulsby, mayor of Leicester, called the idea “plainly daft” and explained High Court would reject the proposal as the body had been buried some about 500 years ago in this cathedral and with the licence given from the Ministry of Justice it had to be re-interred there.