Being on remand means waiting for a trial or a place in prison or an institution, waiting for an investigation to be completed or waiting for deportation.

Remand prison is a custody facility for persons who have been apprehended or arrested for a crime, for asylum-seekers awaiting deportation and for substance abusers or mentally ill persons waiting to be placed in an institution. People arrested for escaping or breaching their probation are also placed in remand prisons.

A remand order is issued when a person is suspected of a crime which carries a sentence of at least one year. One of the following three conditions must also apply:

  • risk of absconding,
  • risk of an investigation being impeded,
  • risk of continued criminal activity.

A remand order must be issued irrespective of the nature of the crime if the suspect is unknown and refuses to provide a name and address or is not a resident of Sweden. A remand order must be issued if the expected minimum sentence is longer than two years and there is no obvious reason why a remand order should not be issued.

There is no legislation limiting time on remand although charges should be brought within two weeks. If not, there will be a new remand hearing.

Alternatives to remand are supervision, a travel ban and a reporting order.