Bail Act 1898

Bail Act 1898

The Bail Act 1898 (61 & 62 Vict. c.7), long title An Act to amend the law with respect to Bail, was an Act of Parliament of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, given the Royal Assent on 23rd May 1898 and repealed in 1952.

The Act amended the Indictable Offences Act 1848, which gave justices the power to give bail on sureties, to allow the justices to dispense with the need for surieties if they felt that doing so would not "tend to defeat the ends of justice"; this prevented the unhelpful situation where someone who was at no risk of absconding was kept imprisoned for long periods of time because they could not find the wherewithal to post bail.

The Act was repealed by the Magistrates' Courts Act 1952.

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