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Evaluation of the Impact of Bail Reforms on Summary Justice Reform

This report presents the findings from the Evaluation of the Impact of Bail Reforms on Summary Justice Reform. The research formed part of a wider package of work to evaluate Summary Justice Reform (SJR) in Scotland as a whole. The aim of the research was to evaluate how far the reforms to bail had met both their specific policy objectives as well as how far they had contributed to the overarching aims and objectives of SJR.


FOOTNOTES

1. While the bail reforms had a specific objective to reduce breach of bail overall, the focus on failure to appear was a specific objective of this evaluation since it was considered most relevant to the SJR objective of effective court hearings.

2. Available at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0038/00386764.pdf

3. 'Appropriate allocation of case to forum' refers to cases being heard where there is the best match between offence seriousness and the sentencing powers of the court.

4. Sentencing Commission for Scotland (2005) Report on the Use of Bail and Remand available at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/925/0116775.pdf

5. Bail and Remand Action Plan available at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/69582/0017987.pdf

6. While the bail reforms had a specific objective to reduce breach of bail overall, the focus on failure to appear was a specific objective of this evaluation since it was considered most relevant to the SJR objective of effective court hearings.

7. As set out in the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995.

8. See Criminal Proceedings in Scotland 2010/11 available at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/933/0124072.pdf

9. See Criminal Proceedings in Scotland 2010/11 available at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/933/0124072.pdf

10. Data relates to both summary and solemn cases. See Criminal Proceedings in Scotland 2010/11 available at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/933/0124072.pdf

11. Due to small numbers, data on compensation orders is not shown.

12. Due to small numbers, data on compensation orders is not shown.

13. Source: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice/Datasets/OffAgg1011

14. Pre-reform data is not available.

15. Available at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0038/00386764.pdf

16. The exception being custody cases where vulnerable victims are updated on the outcome if the accused pleads guilty. Custody cases are those where a person who has been arrested is held in a police cell or on remand in prison ahead of trial or sentencing.

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