1. Why the police put everybody on bail

In the good old days, if the police arrested you they would charge you with the most serious offence they could think of and either take you to court in the morning or let you out with a court date a few days or weeks later.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) got fed up of this as they were always having to reduce the charges to something more realistic. So now, the police aren’t allowed to charge anything except really minor stuff e.g. drunk and disorderly. Instead, they prepare a file of evidence that is sent to the CPS who then decide what the appropriate charge is.

Aside from laziness, incompetence and inefficiency both the police and CPS have positive reasons to slow the process down.

The police like keeping people on bail because it’s a punishment in itself, especially if there are conditions attached, while the CPS get paid however long it takes to decide upon a charge. This leads to people being on bail for months and even years with disruption to their lives and on-going psychological pressures.

LDMG and GBC exist to support you, and strongly believe that any method used to punish protesters needs to be resisted individually and collectively.


This guide has been adapted from the Legal Defence and Monitoring Group (LDMG), one of our partner groups.