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The question as to whether a person should be given bail is decided before they go to court. This is
known as a pre-trial matter. People are innocent until proven guilty. If bail is granted, it allows a
person to remain at liberty until next stage of their…

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Reasons to refuse bail
Offence ­ committing an offence on bail.
Interference ­ interfere with witness or prevent justice.
Protection- Of the suspect/accused.
Surrender- If they won't surrender to police and go to court.

Factors to consider
Nature and seriousness- What the offence is and how serious it is.

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Street bail- A minor offence where the person would get bail anywhere. When someone on
the street is automatically in bail and is told to appear at a M.C.


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