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Achieving bail in serious criminal cases.

Adding to the hoops defendants must jump through to secure their freedom, the Supreme Court has issued a Practice Note which is effective this coming Monday.

A recent terrorism case shows it is still possible to achieve bail in extremely serious cases.

The granting of bail for a 16 year old accused of terrorism-related offences has given hope for a new interpretation of our overly strict bail laws.

The Australian Federal Police has been accused of a range of security breaches, including putting the lives of innocent victims at risk.

The AFP is responsible for protecting our national security – but according to a recent report, it has been involved in serious security breaches.

Courts may require a sum of money (called “security”) to be deposited by another person (called the “surety”) before releasing a person from custody on bail. In the US, bail bond agents are in the business of acting as sureties and depositing securities on behalf defendants, for a hefty fee. This practice is banned in most parts of the world, including in NSW – and many believe for good reason. What are your thoughts?

What happens if you’ve been refused bail because you can’t afford to pay the bond? Should private companies be allowed to step in for a fee?

What do you think of the new bail laws? Are they too lenient? Here are two cases where men who allegedly arranged illegal child marriages were granted bail in Burwood Local Court.

What do you think of the new bail laws? Are they too lenient? Here are two cases where men who allegedly arranged illegal child marriages were granted bail in Burwood Local Court.

The man accused of murdering a burglar has been granted bail in Newcastle Local Court.

Accused ‘Home Invasion Killer’ Released on Bail

Murder, quite possibly the most serious crime in Australia, is something that often both fascinates and repulses us. Murder rates in Australia are low compared to other countries like the United States however the murder of complete strangers is not completely unheard of, and unfortunately, is more common than we would like it to be. Our latest Blog post looks at a recent murder case heard in Batemans Bay Local Court.

Murder, quite possibly is the most serious crime in Australia. Our latest post looks at a murder case heard in the Batemans Bay Local Court.

Since its introduction just a few months ago, the new NSW Bail Act 2013 has caused controversy and criticism throughout NSW. The controversy has centred on concerns that the new act is too lenient towards suspects and media reports about ‘dangerous criminals’ being let out of prison. These adverse reports have now led to the NSW government introducing a new Bill, essentially designed to make it harder for certain defendants to get bail. Our latest post has more.

Adverse reports on the new NSW Bail Act has led to the NSW government introducing a new Bill designed to make it harder for certain defendants to get bail.

Read about lawyers who were allowed to practise despite having serious criminal convictions.

Serious Convictions: Do they Stop People from Becoming Lawyers?

One criminal lawyer found himself in hot water over his wild claims and manner of dress.

Lawyer Slammed for Dressing Like Harry Potter

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