The Role of Criminal Record in Bail

  • Margaret Fitzgerald O’Reilly


This chapter explores the use of criminal record information in bail decisions. Particular emphasis is placed upon examining the changes made by the Bail Acts 1997 and 2007 and the implications of these changes. Traditionally, bail was a common law issue and factors relevant to granting or refusing bail was a matter for the judiciary. The impact of the legislation under discussion has been to change this, with criminal record becoming a prominent express factor to be considered in bail hearings.


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  • Margaret Fitzgerald O’Reilly
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  1. 1.University of LimerickLimerickIreland

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