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Bail conditions

Something a person must or must not do when they are on bail.


A person can be arrested if a bail condition is broken (breach of bail).

Bail conditions can include any of the following:

• Residence (living at a certain address)
• Doorstep condition
Curfew (having to be at the place they are living between certain times)
• Electronic monitoring (having to wear a tag)
• Not to contact directly or indirectly certain people involved in the criminal case (not speaking to, communicating on social media, phoning, sending a text message or sending any other message)
• Having to report to a police station at certain times
• Restriction from entering certain areas
• Attend and participate in bail support, bail support and supervision, Intensive Supervision and Surveillance (ISS) programme
• Surrender (give) passport or travel documents to the police
• Security (a relative or friend gives money to the court or police) this could be kept if the child on bail did not turn up to the court or police station
• Surety (a relative or friend shows the court or police they have an amount of money), the surety may be made pay this amount of money to the court if the child did not turn up to the court or police station

The youth offending team (YOT) can help the court by completing a bail assessment, verifying information and offering bail support or bail support and supervision.

Courts can impose conditions on bail if they are necessary to make sure the child:

• surrenders to custody (turns up at court)
• does not commit an offence while on bail
• does not interfere with witnesses or otherwise obstruct the course of justice (does not contact witnesses or try to stop the criminal court case happening)
• makes themselves available for the making of inquiries or a report to help the court with sentencing
• attends an appointment with a legal representative
• for their own welfare