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09 December 2019

New 'Bail Law and Practice in Northern Ireland' Book Published

Members of the Judiciary and legal profession were in attendance at Law Society House in Belfast on Friday 6th December 2019, for the launch of a new book entitled 'Bail Law and Practice in Northern Ireland'.

The new book which is published by the Law Society of Northern Ireland outlines the many powers of the police and the courts to grant bail in Northern Ireland.

The book examines bail at each stage of the criminal process, from bail granted by police officers on the street to bail granted by the highest courts.

It  also considers the applicable law in relation to children accused of criminal offences, as well as bail in the context of extradition and immigration proceedings, and includes practical insights into bail applications and proceedings.

The new book has been written by Barrister and former academic, Katie Quinn and Solicitor Advocate, Charlene Dempsey. It sets out the relevant legislation and rules of court and includes references to both reported and unreported Northern Ireland cases.

Commenting on the new book the President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland, Rowan White said:

"I wish to congratulate Charlene Dempsey, Katie Quinn BL and the Law Society Library team for producing what is a comprehensive, accessible and practical book - an essential guide for practitioners in this jurisdiction and beyond".

The new book is available for purchase at a cost of £30.

The order form is available for download by completing the order form below or by emailing

About the authors

Charlene Dempsey, LL.B

Charlene Dempsey was educated at Queen's University in Belfast, graduating with a 2:1 LLB. She returned to Queen's in 2004 where she further obtained a Master's degree in Human Rights and Criminal Justice. Charlene has been working in the area of Criminal Law for over 11 years dealing with Magistrate's Court, Crown Court, Judicial Review, Extradition Court of Appeal and Immigration detention and Deportation cases.  Charlene has a particular interest in Court of Appeal cases which may involve miscarriages of justice. 

Charlene also has a keen interest in Prison law and has taken many Judicial Reviews challenges against the Prison service on Human Rights grounds. She is also a qualified Solicitor Advocate which enables her to represent clients in the Higher Courts.

Charlene is a member of the Belfast Solicitors Association and serves on the Criminal Law Committee of the Law Society of Northern Ireland -

In January 2017, she was promoted to Associate solicitor in HHD Solicitors in Belfast and was appointed to the Northern Ireland Crown Court Rules Committee in January 2019.

Katie Quinn, BL  

Before joining the Bar, Katie was a full-time Lecturer in Law at Queen’s University Belfast, specialising in Evidence and Criminal Law. From 2009 to 2012, she was the senior lawyer leading the Bail project at the Northern Ireland Law Commission. During this time she formulated recommendations for the reform of bail law in Northern Ireland and instructed legislative counsel for the purposes of a draft bail bill.

During her time in independent practise at the Bar, Katie represented clients and offered advice in a range of areas including Criminal Law, Bankruptcy matters, Employment Law and Personal Injuries. She was a member of the Attorney General for Northern Ireland Newly Qualified panel.

Katie is now employed by the pharmacy regulator in Northern Ireland (Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland), advising on matters such as fitness to practise and legislative and professional standards development.




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