Bail: A balancing act.


Monday 7th November 2022

Seminar | 4:30 PM-6:00 PM


With serious consequences for both the accused person and the community, determining a bail application is a considerable responsibility for any judicial officer.

Newly appointed judges and magistrates and those wanting a refresher are invited to this seminar to discuss best practice when hearing and determining bail applications, including how to get the information that you need in a busy court.

Ask questions of the experienced facilitators who will share their wisdom on:

  • applying the statutory bail tests and weighing up risk
  • taking into account factors such as pandemic-related trial delays, Aboriginality, youth and family violence
  • obtaining relevant information from Counsel.


Justice Andrew Tinney
Supreme Court of Victoria 
Justice Tinney was admitted to legal practice in April 1983 and signed the bar roll in December 1983. At the bar he specialised in criminal law with a focus on prosecuting. He was appointed to Senior Counsel in 2009 and then Senior Crown Prosecutor in 2010, in which role he prosecuted several complex and high-profile matters on behalf of the State of Victoria. Justice Tinney was appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria in July 2018.
Magistrate Donna Bakos
Magistrates’ Court of Victoria
Magistrate Bakos was appointed to the Magistrates' Court of Victoria in September 2002. She holds the position of the Head of the Criminal Division of the Court. Prior to her appointment, Magistrate Bakos was a barrister at the Victorian Bar for 13 years, practicing in criminal defence work.
Magistrate Tim Gattuso
Magistrates' Court of Victoria
Magistrate Gattuso was appointed to the Magistrates' Court of Victoria in December 2015. He is currently the Supervising Magistrate of Family Violence Crime. Prior to his appointment, Magistrate Gattuso worked as a criminal law solicitor-advocate for 22 years and was a partner-director of Slades and Parsons Criminal Law from 2000 to 2015.