Bail refers to the process in our criminal justice system which allows people to continue living in the community after they have been charged with an offence.
If you are accused of committing a simple crime, you will usually be provided with bail by being issued with a Notice to Appear. This Notice will outline the time and date that you are required to appear before the Court for your matter.
If you are charged with a more serious offence, the police may arrest you and hold you in custody. At this time, the police may grant you the right to leave custody and return for your Court appearance. However, in some circumstances, the police will hold you in custody until you appear before the Court.
In these circumstances, it will be necessary to apply to the Court to be granted bail.
If you have been refused bail in a Magistrates or District Court, you may still be entitled to make a further application to the Supreme Court of Queensland. Supreme Court bail applications can be complex and are most often opposed by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
At A.L.F. Lawyers, we have experience in making Supreme Court bail applications and engaging counsel to assist in the process.