New bail system

THE safety of the community, victims and witnesses will be at the forefront of all decisions made on bail in NSW, after the new Bail Act came into force on Tuesday.

The risk the accused person poses to victims or the community, and the likelihood of them not turning up to court, is now the prime consideration in deciding bail. Police make the initial bail decision. If police refuse bail, the accused can go to court where a magistrate or judge decides if they should be granted bail.

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