Bail has been and remains a contentious issue for legislators, courts and the community. The ACT Bail Act has been subject to many revisions since it was first enacted in 1992.

The ACT Bail Act maintains a series of presumptions (for, against and neutral) in relation to bail, depending on the charges against and circumstances of the person coming before the court.

If you or a family member have been refused bail then you should contact a lawyer immediately as bail applications are often strongest in the early stages of a case while the Prosecution case is still weak.

The Bail Act gives the Court power to:

  • Dispense with bail (ie release a person from custody without any conditions whatsoever)
  • Grant bail conditionally or unconditionally (ie release a person from custody with or without conditions)
  • Refuse bail

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