The new NSW bail laws, the Bail Act 2013, which came into effect on 20 May 2014, represent a substantial rewrite of the bail laws in NSW. The Court has a fresh criteria to apply and a person is generally more likely to be granted bail under the new act than the old act (Bail Act 1978).

  • 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 prosecution while the case is still weak
  • Make sure your lawyer is familiar with the new Bail Act 2013

The Bail Act 2013 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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If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.


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