How bail works


Magistrates Suzie Cameron and Simon Zebrowski, Magistrates’ Court of Victoria


Most people released from custody on bail are released on their own undertaking to appear in court to answer the charge. The Bail Act 1977 (Vic) lists conditions of release. Each condition must be reasonable. A lawyer can advise on the best time to apply for bail and negotiate conditions. If police oppose bail, their opposition can be overcome by negotiating conditions. Bail can be refused for serious offences such as murder or treason, trafficking a commercial quantity of drugs or certain terrorism offences.

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