BBC Home
Explore the BBC


Guides: Criminals and the law

Last Updated: Thursday August 22 2002 11:10 GMT

3: Remand

The charged person appears at a magistrates' court.

The charge sheet will be read out. This explains what the person is accused of. The solicitor may ask for bail.

The magistrates decide whether to remand into custody or on bail.

Remanded in custody
Someone who has been charged must stay locked up until they appear in court again.

Remanded on bail
This means they are charged with a crime but can go free until they appear in court again.

Bail conditions mean a promise to behave in a certain way, maybe to not go near the crime victim.

Money may be asked for as a guarantee that you will come back.

BBC Homepage >> | CBBC Homepage >>

Meet the Team | Help | Contact Us | News sources | Privacy & Cookies Policy