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WHAT HAPPENS DURING REMAND?

  • The police must give reasons to the Magistrate to justify as to why they need to detain the suspects beyond 24 hours. The Magistrate will consider these reasons carefully.
  • If the offence investigated relates to imprisonment of less than 14 years, the detention shall not be for more than 4 days on the first application and subsequently, not more than 3 days on the second application.
  • If the offence investigated relates to imprisonment of more than 14 years, the detention shall not be for more than 7 days on the first application and not more than 7 days on the second application.
  • During remand, a suspect may request to:
    1. be represented by a lawyer;
    2. contact his or her family members;
    3. get medical attention;
    4. make complaints if he or she was ill-treated or denied proper food, water or clothing.
  • At the end of the remand application, the Magistrate may make a remand order or may refuse to grant one. If the Magistrate refuses the remand, or the period of the second remand lapses, the police must either charge the suspect or release him.
  • If an order for remand is made, suspect will be taken to the police lockup.
  • The suspect may be allowed visits by his or her lawyer or family members.