We have updated our list of Key Bail Act Cases to include several cases from the Victorian Supreme Court on COVID-19, including Re Broes  VSC 128, Re Lado  VSC 132, Re McCann  VSC 138 and Re Tong  VSC 141.
- In Re Broes  VSC 128, the court considers the novel circumstances that now prevail in the criminal justice system as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how that may constitute exceptional circumstances from the possibility of delay and lockdown.
- In Re Lado  VSC 132, the court was not persuaded that exceptional circumstances had been shown even considering the current health crisis facing the world.
- In Re McCann  VSC 138, the court stated that the spread of COVID-19 into the prison system is a circumstance the court must consider.
- In Re Tong  VSC 141- the Court concluded, as in Re Broes, that delay as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic had established exceptional circumstances sufficient to justify bail. It noted, however, that this was not something an accused should expect as a norm, it is simply part of the “surrounding circumstances” a court must consider.
Our Key Bail Act Cases can be found here.