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Call for bail support

Call for bail support

By Law Institute Journal


Victoria’s bail system needs to better balance the rights of alleged offenders with protecting community safety, according to the LIV’s submission to the bail review. Following the Bourke Street attack in January, LIV president Belinda Wilson convened an LIV Bail Review Taskforce to respond to the bail system review led by the Hon Paul Coghlan QC. The resulting submission pointed out that a rise in risk aversion has meant that those charged with offences are now much less likely to be granted bail, resulting in prisons and detention centres becoming clogged with detainees on remand. Bail should only be refused if there is real and substantial reason to fear that the accused will not appear for trial, or would be likely to commit offences during the bail period, the submission said. However, no one released on bail should be let back into the population without oversight by a properly funded bail support program.

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