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BAIL ACT 1977 - SECT 12

Court or bail justice to grant or refuse bail

S. 12(1) amended by Nos 84/1997
s. 6(1), 68/2009 s. 97(Sch. item 11.11), 70/2010 s. 11(1)(a)–(c).

    (1)     Where a person is apprehended, whether by virtue of a warrant or otherwise, and brought before a court or bail justice and application is made by or on behalf of the informant to remand the person in custody the court or bail justice before which he is first brought shall either grant bail for the attendance of the person on the day to which he is remanded or shall refuse bail and shall certify on the remand warrant—

S. 12(1)(a) amended by No. 70/2010 s. 11(1)(d).

        (a)     where bail is granted—consent to the person being bailed, stating also the amount of any surety or sureties to be required, and any conditions applicable to the release of that person; or

        (b)     where bail is refused—a statement of such refusal and of the grounds for refusal.

S. 12(1AA) inserted by No. 1/2016 s. 13(1).

    (1AA)     If a court refuses bail to a child, the court must not remand the child in custody for a period longer than 21 clear days.

S. 12(1AB) inserted by No. 1/2016 s. 13(1).

    (1AB)     When a child is brought before a court on the expiry of a period of remand in custody, the court must not remand the child in custody for a further period longer than 21 clear days.

S. 12(1A) inserted by No. 84/1997
s. 6(2), substituted by No. 70/2010 s. 11(2).

    (1A)     If a bail justice refuses bail to a person referred to in subsection (1), the bail justice must remand the person in custody to appear before a court

        (a)     on the next working day; or

S. 12(1A)(b) substituted by No. 1/2016 s. 13(2).

        (b)     in the case of a child, if the proper venue of the Children's Court is in a region of the State prescribed under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 , within 2 working days; or

S. 12(1A)(c) inserted by No. 1/2016 s. 13(2).

        (c)     in any other case, if the next working day is not practicable, within 2 working days.

S. 12(2) amended by Nos 51/1989
s. 142(g)(i), 68/2009 s. 97(Sch. item 11.12), 70/2010 s. 11(3)(a)–(c).

    (2)     Where a person charged with an indictable offence is committed for trial for the offence the magistrate committing him shall either grant bail for the attendance of the person upon his trial or on a date before trial fixed by the magistrate or shall refuse bail and shall certify on the remand warrant—

S. 12(2)(a) amended by Nos 51/1989
s. 142(g)(i)(ii), 70/2010 s. 11(3)(d).

        (a)     where the magistrate grants bail—his or her consent to the person being bailed, stating also the amount of any surety or sureties to be required, and any conditions applicable to the release of that person; or

S. 12(2)(b) amended by Nos 9427
s. 6(1)(Sch. 5 item 7), 51/1989 s. 142(g)(i)(iii).

        (b)     where the magistrate refuses bail—a statement of such refusal and of the grounds for refusal.

S. 12(3) inserted by No. 1/2016 s. 13(3).

    (3)     A bail justice who is considering an application for bail in respect of a child must ensure that a parent or guardian of the child or an independent person is present during the application.

S. 12(4) inserted by No. 1/2016 s. 13(3).

    (4)     An independent person present in accordance with subsection (3) may take steps to facilitate the granting of bail, for example, by arranging accommodation.

No. 8731
s. 24.

S. 13 amended by No. 9690 s. 3, substituted by No. 10084
s. 18(1)(b).



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