Question and Answer - Q182
What is 47/3 bail/ bail before charge/Part 4 bail?
47/3 bail/bail before charge/Part 4 bail is granted when someone has been arrested for an offence and there is not enough evidence to charge them at that time. So to stop them being held in custody any longer they are granted 47/3 bail/bail without charge, normally with the only condition being to return to the police station at a certain time and date.
Upon return to the station, the person should be either charged or refused charged (released from bail without charge). The time period for returning to the station is usually a couple of weeks in order to give the police time to gather the necessary evidence such as statements, CCTV evidence, identification procedures and forensic evidence.
Failure to report back to the police station is a breach of the bail conditions and will result in an arrest.
- I am on bail and I want to sign early/can't sign is that ok?
- I forgot to sign bail, what will happen?
- I know someone who is breaching his or her bail, what should I do?
- I want to change my bail conditions, how do I do it?
- Can the police go and get my child back from my partner? I have got a residence order and the child doesn't want to live with me but the court says that he/she has to.
- Do I have a right to make a phone call from the cells when I have been arrested?
- How are detained persons looked after in custody?
- How do I become an Independent Custody Visitor at a police station and what do they do?
- I think my friend/partner has been arrested and is in the cells, how can I find out?
- My son/daughter has been arrested and they are under 16, what is the procedure?