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BAIL ACT 1977 - NOTES

Version No. 132

No. 9008 of 1977
Version incorporating amendments as at
20 March 2017

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Version No. 132

Bail Act 1977

No. 9008 of 1977
Version incorporating amendments as at
20 March 2017

Endnotes

    1     General information

See www.legislation.vic.gov.au for Victorian Bills, Acts and current authorised versions of legislation and up-to-date legislative information.

The Bail Act 1977 was assented to on 10 May 1977 and came into operation on 1 September 1977: Government Gazette 17 August 1977 page 2654.

INTERPRETATION OF LEGISLATION ACT 1984 (ILA)

Style changes

Section 54A of the ILA authorises the making of the style changes set out in Schedule 1 to that Act.

References to ILA s. 39B

Sidenotes which cite ILA s. 39B refer to section 39B of the ILA which provides that where an undivided section or clause of a Schedule is amended by the insertion of one or more subsections or subclauses, the original section or clause becomes subsection or subclause (1) and is amended by the insertion of the expression "(1)" at the beginning of the original section or clause.

Interpretation

As from 1 January 2001, amendments to section 36 of the ILA have the following effects:

•     Headings

All headings included in an Act which is passed on or after 1 January 2001 form part of that Act. Any heading inserted in an Act which was passed before 1 January 2001, by an Act passed on or after 1 January 2001, forms part of that Act. This includes headings to Parts, Divisions or Subdivisions in a Schedule; sections; clauses; items; tables; columns; examples; diagrams; notes or forms. See section 36(1A)(2A).

•     Examples, diagrams or notes

All examples, diagrams or notes included in an Act which is passed on or after 1 January 2001 form part of that Act. Any examples, diagrams or notes inserted in an Act which was passed before 1 January 2001, by an Act passed on or after 1 January 2001, form part of that Act. See section 36(3A).

•     Punctuation

All punctuation included in an Act which is passed on or after 1 January 2001 forms part of that Act. Any punctuation inserted in an Act which was passed before 1 January 2001, by an Act passed on or after 1 January 2001, forms part of that Act. See section 36(3B).

•     Provision numbers

All provision numbers included in an Act form part of that Act, whether inserted in the Act before, on or after 1 January 2001. Provision numbers include section numbers, subsection numbers, paragraphs and subparagraphs. See section 36(3C).

•     Location of "legislative items"

A "legislative item" is a penalty, an example or a note. As from 13 October 2004, a legislative item relating to a provision of an Act is taken to be at the foot of that provision even if it is preceded or followed by another legislative item that relates to that provision. For example, if a penalty at the foot of a provision is followed by a note, both of these legislative items will be regarded as being at the foot of that provision. See section 36B.

•     Other material

Any explanatory memorandum, table of provisions, endnotes, index and other material printed after the Endnotes does not form part of an Act.
See section 36(3)(3D)(3E).

    2     Table of Amendments

This publication incorporates amendments made to the Bail Act 1977 by Acts and subordinate instruments.

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Statute Law Revision Act 1977, No. 9059/1977

Assent Date:

29.11.77

Commencement Date:

29.11.77: subject to s. 2

Current State:

All of Act in operation

Age of Majority Act 1977, No. 9075/1977

Assent Date:

6.12.77

Commencement Date:

1.2.78: Government Gazette 11.1.78 p. 97

Current State:

All of Act in operation

Bail (Amendment) Act 1978, No. 9158/1978

Assent Date:

30.5.78

Commencement Date:

1.10.78: Government Gazette 6.9.78 p. 2869

Current State:

All of Act in operation

Statute Law Revision Act 1980, No. 9427/1980

Assent Date:

27.5.80

Commencement Date:

27.5.80: subject to s. 6(2)

Current State:

All of Act in operation

Penalties and Sentences Act 1981, No. 9554/1981

Assent Date:

19.5.81

Commencement Date:

S. 44 on 26.9.80: s. 1(3); ss 1, 36–46 on 3.6.81: Government Gazette 3.6.81 p. 1778; rest of Act on 1.9.81: Government Gazette 26.8.81 p. 2799

Current State:

All of Act in operation

Bail (Amendment) Act 1981, No. 9690/1981

Assent Date:

5.1.82

Commencement Date:

5.1.82

Current State:

All of Act in operation

Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1982, No. 9848/1982

Assent Date:

21.12.82

Commencement Date:

Ss 1–8, 17 on 12.1.83: Government Gazette 12.1.83 p. 80; rest of Act on 1.6.83: Government Gazette 11.5.83 p. 1146

Current State:

All of Act in operation

Statute Law Revision (Repeals) Act 1982, No. 9863/1982

Assent Date:

5.1.83

Commencement Date:

5.1.83

Current State:

All of Act in operation

Statute Law Revision Act 1983, No. 9902/1983

Assent Date:

15.6.83

Commencement Date:

15.6.83: subject to s. 2(2)

Current State:

All of Act in operation

Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances (Amendment) Act 1983, No. 10002/1983

Assent Date:

13.12.83

Commencement Date:

18.12.83: Government Gazette 14.12.83 p. 3954

Current State:

All of Act in operation

Crimes (General Amendment) Act 1984, No. 10084/1984

Assent Date:

22.5.84

Commencement Date:

1.7.84: Government Gazette 27.6.84 p. 2119

Current State:

All of Act in operation

Statute Law Revision Act 1984, No. 10087/1984

Assent Date:

22.5.84

Commencement Date:

22.5.84: subject to s. 3(2)

Current State:

All of Act in operation

Coroners Act 1985, No. 10257/1985

Assent Date:

10.12.85

Commencement Date:

Ss 1–3, Pt 9 on 12.2.86: Government Gazette 12.2.86 p. 382; rest of Act on 1.6.86: Government Gazette 30.4.86 p. 1115

Current State:

All of Act in operation

Courts Amendment Act 1986, No. 16/1986

Assent Date:

22.4.86

Commencement Date:

Ss 1–11, 13–27, 29–34 on 1.7.86: Government Gazette 25.6.86 p. 2180; s. 28 on 1.9.86: Government Gazette 27.8.86 p. 3201; s. 12 on 1.1.88: Government Gazette 7.10.87 p. 2701

Current State:

All of Act in operation

Bail (Amendment) Act 1986, No. 89/1986

Assent Date:

16.2.86

Commencement Date:

Pts 1, 2 on 15.2.87: Government Gazette 11.2.87 p. 291; Pt 3 on 3.8.87: Government Gazette 24.6.87 p. 1600

Current State:

All of Act in operation

Community Services Act 1987, No. 16/1987

Assent Date:

12.5.87

Commencement Date:

Ss 1–6, 9–13, Sch. 1 on 22.2.89: Government Gazette 22.2.89 p. 386; Sch. 2 items 1–13 on 15.3.89: Government Gazette 15.3.89 p. 587; rest of Act on 25.6.92: Government Gazette 24.6.92 p. 1532

Current State:

All of Act in operation

County Court (Amendment) Act 1989, No. 19/1989

Assent Date:

16.5.89

Commencement Date:

16.5.89: Government Gazette 26.7.89 p. 1858

Current State:

All of Act in operation

Magistrates' Court Act 1989, No. 51/1989

Assent Date:

14.6.89

Commencement Date:

S. 16(4) on 15.6.89: Special Gazette (No. 32) 15.6.89 p. 1; ss 16(5), 52, 141(3)(a)–(f) on 1.9.89: Government Gazette 30.8.89 p. 2210; rest of Act on 1.1.90: Government Gazette 25.7.90 p. 2216

Current State:

All of Act in operation

Children and Young Persons Act 1989, No. 56/1989

Assent Date:

14.6.89

Commencement Date:

S. 286 on 31.1.91: Special Gazette (No. 9) 31.1.91 p. 2; Sch. 2 item 2.1 on 23.9.91: Government Gazette 28.8.91 p. 2368; Sch. 2 items 2.2 and 2.3 on 30.9.92: Government Gazette 26.8.92 p. 2470

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Magistrates' Court (Consequential Amendments) Act 1989, No. 57/1989

Assent Date:

14.6.89

Commencement Date:

S. 4(1)(a)–(e)(2) on 1.9.89: Government Gazette 30.8.89 p. 2210; rest of Act on 1.9.90: Government Gazette 25.7.90 p. 2217

Current State:

All of Act in operation

Medical Practice Act 1994, No. 23/1994

Assent Date:

17.5.94

Commencement Date:

Ss 1, 2 on 17.5.94; rest of Act on 1.7.94: Government Gazette 23.6.94 p. 1672

Current State:

All of Act in operation

Crimes (Amendment) Act 1994, No. 95/1994

Assent Date:

13.12.94

Commencement Date:

Pt 1 (ss 1, 2) on 13.12.94; ss 3–10 on 23.1.95: Government Gazette 19.1.95 p. 121; rest of Act on 13.6.95: s. 2(3)

Current State:

All of Act in operation

Legal Practice Act 1996, No. 35/1996

Assent Date:

6.11.96

Commencement Date:

S. 453(Sch. 1 items 8.1–8.3) on 1.1.97: s. 2(3)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Sentencing and Other Acts (Amendment) Act 1997, No. 48/1997

Assent Date:

11.6.97

Commencement Date:

Ss 48, 49 on 1.9.97: s. 2(2)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Law and Justice Legislation (Further Amendment) Act 1997, No. 84/1997

Assent Date:

2.12.97

Commencement Date:

Ss 3–10 on 1.1.98: s. 2(2)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Bail (Amendment) Act 1998, No. 64/1998

Assent Date:

4.11.98

Commencement Date:

1.1.99: s. 2

Current State:

All of Act in operation

Statute Law Amendment (Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions) Act 2001, No. 11/2001

Assent Date:

8.5.01

Commencement Date:

S. 3(Sch. item 5) on 1.6.01: s. 2(2)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances (Amendment) Act 2001, No. 61/2001

Assent Date:

23.10.01

Commencement Date:

S. 13 on 1.1.02: s. 2(2)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Criminal Justice Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2002, No. 35/2002

Assent Date:

18.6.02

Commencement Date:

Ss 25(1), 28(Sch. item 1) on 19.6.02: s. 2(1)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Crimes (Property Damage and Computer Offences) Act 2003, No. 10/2003

Assent Date:

6.5.03

Commencement Date:

Ss 10, 11 on 7.5.03: s. 2

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Justice Legislation (Sexual Offences and Bail) Act 2004, No. 20/2004

Assent Date:

18.5.04

Commencement Date:

Ss 10–12 on 19.5.04: s. 2

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Legal Profession (Consequential Amendments) Act 2005, No. 18/2005

Assent Date:

24.5.05

Commencement Date:

S. 18(Sch. 1 item 9) on 12.12.05: Government Gazette 1.12.05 p. 2781

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Children and Young Persons (Miscellaneous Amendments) 2005, No. 21/2005

Assent Date:

31.5.05

Commencement Date:

S. 60 on 1.7.05: s. 2(6)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Road Safety and Other Acts (Vehicle Impoundment and Other Amendments) Act 2005, No. 93/2005

Assent Date:

29.11.05

Commencement Date:

S. 13 on 30.11.05: s. 2(1)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Health Professions Registration Act 2005, No. 97/2005

Assent Date:

7.12.05

Commencement Date:

S. 182(Sch. 4 item 4) on 1.7.07: s. 2(3)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Infringements (Consequential and Other Amendments) Act 2006, No. 32/2006

Assent Date:

13.6.06

Commencement Date:

S. 91 on 1.7.06: Government Gazette 29.6.06 p. 1315

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Children, Youth and Families (Consequential and Other Amendments) Act 2006, No. 48/2006

Assent Date:

15.8.06

Commencement Date:

S. 42(Sch. item 4) on 23.4.07: s. 2(3)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Family Violence Protection Act 2008, No. 52/2008

Assent Date:

23.9.08

Commencement Date:

S. 233 on 8.12.08: Special Gazette (No. 339) 4.12.08 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Stalking Intervention Orders Act 2008, No. 68/2008

Assent Date:

18.11.08

Commencement Date:

S. 63 on 8.12.08: Special Gazette (No. 339) 4.12.08 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Criminal Procedure Amendment (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2009, No. 68/2009

Assent Date:

24.11.09

Commencement Date:

S. 97(Sch. item 11) on 1.1.10: Government Gazette 10.12.09 p. 3215

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Statute Law Amendment (Evidence Consequential Provisions) Act 2009, No. 69/2009

Assent Date:

24.11.09

Commencement Date:

S. 54(Sch. Pt 1 item 4), (Sch. Pt 2 item 6) on 1.1.10: s. 2(2)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Statute Law Amendment (National Health Practitioner Regulation) Act 2010, No. 13/2010

Assent Date:

30.3.10

Commencement Date:

S. 51(Sch. item 7) on 1.7.10: s. 2(2)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Personal Safety Intervention Orders Act 2010, No. 53/2010

Assent Date:

7.9.10

Commencement Date:

S. 221(Sch. item 1) on 5.9.11: Special Gazette (No. 271) 23.8.11 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Bail Amendment Act 2010, No. 70/2010

Assent Date:

19.10.10

Commencement Date:

Ss 3–26 on 1.1.11: s. 2(3)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Justice Legislation Amendment (Protective Services Officers) Act 2011, No. 43/2011

Assent Date:

6.9.11

Commencement Date:

S. 6 on 28.11.11: Special Gazette (No. 379) 22.11.11 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Justice Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Matters) Act 2012, No. 83/2012

Assent Date:

18.12.12

Commencement Date:

S. 31(1) on 17.4.13: Special Gazette (No. 141) 16.4.13 p. 2

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Bail Amendment Act 2013, No. 44/2013

Assent Date:

27.8.13

Commencement Date:

20.12.13: Special Gazette (No. 419) 26.11.13 p. 1

Current State:

All of Act in operation

Honorary Justices Act 2014, No. 32/2014

Assent Date:

13.5.14

Commencement Date:

S. 56 on 1.9.14: s. 2(2)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Victoria Police Amendment (Consequential and Other Matters) Act 2014, No. 37/2014

Assent Date:

3.6.14

Commencement Date:

S. 10(Sch. item 8) on 1.7.14: Special Gazette (No. 200) 24.6.14 p. 2

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Crimes Amendment (Abolition of Defensive Homicide) Act 2014, No. 63/2014

Assent Date:

9.9.14

Commencement Date:

S. 7(1)(2) on 1.11.14: Special Gazette (No. 350) 7.10.14 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014, No. 17/2014

Assent Date:

25.3.14

Commencement Date:

S. 160(Sch. 2 item 10) on 1.7.15: Special Gazette (No. 151) 16.6.15 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) and Other Acts Amendment Act, No. 52/2015

Assent Date:

13.10.15

Commencement Date:

Ss 40, 41 on 14.10.15: s. 2(1)

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Bail Amendment Act 2016, No. 1/2016

Assent Date:

16.2.16

Commencement Date:

Ss 3–17 on 2.5.16: Special Gazette (No. 103) 19.4.16 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Crimes Amendment (Carjacking and Home Invasion) Act 2016, No. 50/2016

Assent Date:

18.10.16

Commencement Date:

S. 7 on 7.12.16: Special Gazette (No. 375) 6.12.16 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

Sentencing (Community Correction Order) and Other Acts Amendment Act 2016, No. 65/2016

Assent Date:

15.11.16

Commencement Date:

Ss 18, 19 on 20.3.17: Special Gazette (No. 17) 31.1.17 p. 1

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

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    3     Amendments Not in Operation

This publication does not include amendments made to the Bail Act 1977 by the following Act/s.

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Fines Reform Act 2014, No. 47/2014

Assent Date:

1.7.14

Commencement Date:

Ss 250, 251 not yet proclaimed

Current State:

This information relates only to the provision/s amending the Bail Act 1977

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At the date of this publication, the following provisions amending the Bail Act 1977 were Not in Operation:

Amending Act/s:

Fines Reform Act 2014, No. 47/2014

        250     Where impracticable to bring person arrested before court

    (1)     In section 10(1A) of the Bail Act 1977

        (a)         for "Infringements Act 2006 by the sheriff or a person authorised under section 84(5)" substitute "Fines Reform Act 2014 by the sheriff or a person authorised under
section 115(5)";

        (b)     for "section 84(5)" substitute
"section 115(5)".

    (2)     In section 10(2) of the Bail Act 1977, for "section 84(5) of the Infringements Act 2006" (where three times occurring) substitute "section 115(5) of the Fines Reform Act 2014".

    (3)     In section 10(3) of the Bail Act 1977, for "section 84(5) of the Infringements Act 2006" substitute "section 115(5) of the Fines Reform Act 2014".

        251     Admission to bail

For section 27(2)(d) of the Bail Act 1977 substitute

    "(d)     in the case of an enforcement warrant within the meaning of the Fines Reform Act 2014, the sheriff or a person authorised under section 115(5) of that Act.".

    4     Explanatory details


[1] S. 4(2)(d)(ii) (repealed): The amendment proposed by section 286(Sch. 2 item 2.2) of the Children and Young Persons Act 1989, No. 56/1989 is not included in this publication because section 4(2)(d)(ii) was repealed by the Community Services Act 1987, No. 16/1987.

[2] S. 5(3): The amendments proposed by section 286(Sch. 2 item 2.3) of the Children and Young Persons Act 1989, No. 56/1989 are not included in this publication because section 5(3) was repealed by the Community Services Act 1987, No. 16/1987.



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