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BAIL ACT 1977 - SECT 8

Application for bail

    (1)     In any proceedings with respect to bail—

S. 8(1)(a) amended by No. 26/2017 s. 14(5).

        (a)     the bail decision maker may, subject to paragraph (b), make such inquiries on oath or otherwise of and concerning the accused as the bail decision maker considers desirable;

S. 8(1)(b) amended by Nos 68/2009 s. 97(Sch. item 11.1), 26/2017 s. 14(5).

        (b)     the accused shall not be examined or cross‑examined by the bail decision maker or any other person as to the offence with which he is charged and no inquiry shall be made of him as to that offence;

S. 8(1)(c) amended by No. 3/2018 s. 23(4).

        (c)     the prosecutor may, in addition to any other relevant evidence, submit evidence, whether by affidavit or otherwise—

              (i)     to prove that the accused has previously been convicted of a criminal offence;

              (ii)     to prove that the accused has been charged with and is awaiting trial on another criminal offence;

S. 8(1)(c)(iia) inserted by No. 26/2017 s. 7.

        (iia)     to show that there is a risk that the accused may subject another person to family violence;

              (iii)     to prove that the accused has previously failed to surrender himself into custody in answer to bail; or

              (iv)     to show the circumstances of the alleged offence, particularly as they relate to the probability of conviction of the accused;

S. 8(1)(d) amended by Nos 35/1996 s. 453(Sch. 1 item 8.1), 26/2017 s. 14(5).

        (d)     the bail decision maker may take into consideration any relevant matters agreed upon by the informant or prosecutor and the accused or his or her legal practitioner; and

S. 8(1)(e) amended by No. 26/2017 s. 14(5)(6).

        (e)     the bail decision maker may receive and take into account any evidence which the bail decision maker considers credible or trustworthy in the circumstances.

S. 8(2) inserted by No. 69/2009 s. 54(Sch. Pt 1 item 4).

    (2)     Nothing in subsection (1)(a) prevents the application of Part 3.10 of the Evidence Act 2008 .

S. 8(3) inserted by No. 3/2018 s. 11.

    (3)     A bail decision maker may adjourn the hearing of a proceeding with respect to bail for up to 4 hours if satisfied that the accused appears to be seriously affected by alcohol or another drug or a combination of drugs.

S. 8(4) inserted by No. 3/2018 s. 11.

    (4)     On adjourning a hearing under subsection (3), the bail decision maker may remand the accused in custody until the further hearing of the matter.

S. 8(5) inserted by No. 3/2018 s. 11.

    (5)     Subsection (6) applies if, on the first further hearing of a matter adjourned under subsection (3), the bail decision maker is satisfied that the accused still appears to be seriously affected by alcohol or another drug or a combination of drugs.

S. 8(6) inserted by No. 3/2018 s. 11.

    (6)     The bail decision maker may adjourn the hearing of the matter for one further period of up to 4 hours and remand the accused in custody until the next hearing of the matter.

S. 8A inserted by No. 3/2018 s. 12.



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