Simon Corbell boots bail seekers back to the Magistrates

johnboy 15 February 2011

Attorney General Simon Corbell is celebrating the passage of his changes to the operation of bail.

“Those applying for bail can now apply twice in the Magistrates Court without having to establish a change in circumstances,” Mr Corbell said.

“Also in most cases, accused people must use their two applications for bail and make a first application to review a bail decision in the Magistrates Court before being able to apply to the Supreme Court for bail.

“The Government has announced a suite of reforms to address the backlog in the Supreme Court, and this is the first of several legislative proposals.”

In a further step to improve access to justice, the Act also introduces a power for the Magistrates Court to deal with breaches of Supreme Court bail on days when the Supreme Court is not sitting, such as Saturdays.

“There has been an increasing trend over recent years for people charged with a criminal offence to apply for bail in the Supreme Court.

“The Magistrates Court is the appropriate forum for the majority of bail applications to be heard, and I am pleased that the Assembly has voted in favour of these important reforms.”

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