Bail Amendment Bill 2000

Bill No.96

SynopsisThe purpose of this Bill is to address a range of procedural difficulties which have arisen with the operation of the Bail Act 1982. The principal matters dealt with by the Bill are as follows. The Bill -
  • clarifies the process of bail for persons appearing before the Court in answer to a summons;
  • provides that judicial officers, in addition to their existing authority to grant or refuse bail, will be able to dispense with bail in cases of trivial offending;
  • provides that a defendant who is charged with murder or wilful murder will only be considered for bail where an application has been made by the defendant or their counsel;
  • provides that a decision to refuse release on bail will extend without further consideration for bail where a trial extends beyond one day, unless the defendant or a person on behalf of the defendant applies for bail to be re-considered;
  • broadens the class of persons with powers to approve sureties;
  • clarifies which Court Officer is responsible for instituting proceedings following a defendant's failure to attend at Court in compliance with a bail undertaking;
  • establishes a formal appeal process to the Court of Criminal Appeal for appeals against bail deciion made in the Supreme, District and Children's Court; and
  • extends the period for an initial appearance in Court from 7 to 30 days, to enable a defendant to appear on their initial appearance before a Magistrate.

StatusReinstated to the stage reached in the previous Session 08/09/2000
This Act comes into operation on a day fixed by Proclamation

Current Bill


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Legislative Assembly DateNote No.Related Documents
Introduced 03/23/2000  
First Reading 03/23/2000  
Second Reading 03/23/2000 1,2 
Second Reading Speech   

Other Procedures DateNote No.Related Links
Reinstated to the stage reached in the previous Session  08/09/2000 2 

1. Explanatory memorandum provided.
2. Restored from the Third Session of Parliament on 9 August 2000.