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Bail Act 1994, s7(3A) – Bail consent notices

 

The Society has received notification from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions that because of time demands and staffing shortages there will be no bail consent notices able to be issued for a remand day unless a request has been made to the Office of the Public Prosecutions prior to 5pm on the Thursday prior to the commencement of the sittings.

If there are exceptional circumstances they will, of course, be considered. The situation where a bail consent is requested during a sitting remains unchanged.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions also advised that the person at the DPP who needs to be contacted in order to request a bail consent letter is the Crown counsel with carriage of the file. Further, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions also advised that generally speaking, they are reluctant to give a bail consent notice on a first appearance because an accused person needs to receive warnings from the court in relation to alibi and opinion evidence. However, if there is a particularly important reason why an accused person cannot attend court, if the Crown counsel with carriage of the file is contacted, some arrangement can be made in those circumstances.