Absconding definition

What does Absconding mean?

Leaving an address or area that a defendant has been bailed to without seeking the permission of the police or Judge, and failing to return within a reasonable time.

Absconding may be used as a general term, but is also a specific offence under the Bail Act 1976, s 6. A person who has been released on bail in criminal proceedings fails without reasonable cause to surrender to custody is held to have absconded. It is for that person to show the reasonable cause, if any, for not surrendering to his bail.

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