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Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill

The Bill makes changes to the law in two main areas:

  • decisions about granting bail to people accused of a crime
  • arrangements for the release of some prisoners and the support that is provided to those who leave prison

The Bill was passed on 22 June 2023 and became an Act on 01 August 2023



The Scottish Government introduces the Bill and accompanying documents to the Parliament which publishes the Bill.

The Bill was introduced on 08 June 2022

Bill as introduced

Financial resolution

The Presiding Officer has decided under Rule 9.12 of Standing Orders that a financial resolution is required for this Bill.

Related information from the Scottish Government on the bill

Delegated Powers Memorandum

Information on the powers the Bill gives the Scottish Ministers and others to make “secondary legislation” (usually regulations) and to the Scottish Ministers (such as to make guidance).

Statements on Legislative Competence

Statements on whether the Bill is within the Parliament’s “legislative competence” (if the Parliament has the power to make the changes to the law proposed by the Bill).

Scottish Parliament research on the Bill

Read the research done by the Scottish Parliament on specific parts of the Bill:

Read the Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill research briefing