In 2018, a series of amendments to the Bail Act 1977 introduced significant changes to the tests for bail, the availability of conditions and the roles of different bail decision makers. The following resources are designed to assist judicial officers understand the latest changes to Victoria’s bail laws.
The following flowchart provides a visual representation of the decision making process used when deciding an application for bail:
The following documents have been prepared as aids to identify the Schedules of offending and available conditions in the new legislation:
- Collected Bail Conditions – Annotated list of bail conditions
- Schedule 1 Offences – Annotated list of ‘exceptional circumstances’ offences
- Schedule 2 Offences – Annotated list of ‘compelling reason’ offences