The Attorney General asked the Sentencing Council to consider proposals to make amendments to the Bail Act 2013. In September 2014 Parliament passed the Bail Amendment Bill 2014, which introduced categories of offences for which bail must be refused unless an accused can ‘show cause’ why his or her detention is not justified.
The Council provided the Attorney General with a report, which was released on 28 August 2015: Bail: Additional show cause offences - Final Report (PDF, 341.1 KB)
The call for submissions closed on 31 October 2014. Visit the submissions page to view the submissions received by the Council.
The Council was asked to consider suggested additions to the categories of offences for which the accused must ‘show cause’ before bail can be granted, specifically, where an accused person is charged with a serious indictable offence committed:
As part of this review, the Council considered:
In addition, the Council has been asked to undertake an ongoing role in monitoring and reviewing the show cause categories. In particular, the Attorney asked that the Council consider expanding the definition of serious personal violence offence in section 16B of the Bail Act 2013 to include offences under the law of the Commonwealth, another State or a Territory or of another country that are similar to the defined serious personal violence offences in NSW.
The Attorney also asked the Council to consider the breadth of the show cause requirement applying to all serious indictable offences committed while on bail.
28 Nov 2022
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