Release on temporary licence
Produced in partnership with Andrew Sperling of SL5 Legal

The following Corporate Crime practice note produced in partnership with Andrew Sperling of SL5 Legal provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Release on temporary licence
  • Eligibility for release on temporary licence
  • Types of release on temporary licence
  • Resettlement day release
  • Resettlement overnight release
  • Childcare resettlement licence
  • Special purpose licence
  • Procedure
  • Appealing the refusal of an ROTL
  • Failure to return from temporary licence
  • More...

Release on temporary licence

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects potentially impacted by the response to the COVID-19 outbreak. In particular, the Prison and Young Offender Institution (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Rules 2020, SI 2020/400 amend the Prison Rules 1999, SI 1999/728 and the Young Offender Institution Rules 2000, SI 2000/3371 to provide for coronavirus restricted temporary release (CRTR) for certain offenders in response to the coronavirus pandemic (for the purposes of managing coronavirus in the prison estate or managing appropriate prison staffing). See: Prison Rules 1999, SI 1999/728, r 9A. The Secretary of State is empowered to issue a direction describing the class(es) of prisoners eligible for release and may then release those specified in a direction. Prisoners will only be released during a transmission control period, which is defined in the paragraph 5 of Schedule 21 to the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020). Only certain categories of prisoner may be made subject to a CRTR direction. For updates on key developments and related practical guidance on the implications of the pandemic for lawyers, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the criminal justice system—overview and Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit.

Rule 9 of the Prison Rules 1999, SI 1999/728 enables the temporary release of offenders to support appropriate activities. This is known as release on temporary licence or ROTL. Rule 9 provides that an offender must not be released

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