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Bail and bail with conditions

Your child may ask for bail if they go to court for an offence. If your child is granted bail, they will be released into the community straight away. They will have to sign a document to say that they will come back to court when they are told to.

Sometimes your child’s bail will have conditions such as:

  • a curfew
  • reporting to their local police station on a regular basis
  • taking part in our conditional bail program.

Conditional bail program

Our conditional bail program helps your child to comply with their bail conditions until their next court date.

As part of the program, we will give your child help and support to reduce their risk of offending or breaching their bail conditions. We do this by getting your child to take part in positive activities, and helping them to access services and develop skills.

Who is it for

A conditional bail program is for young offenders who the court thinks are at risk of not following their bail conditions. If the court does not give your child a conditional bail program, they might be put in detention while they are on remand.

Your child may get a conditional bail program if they:

  • have been refused watch-house bail and had their bail refused at their first court appearance
  • have a history of failing to appear or not doing what their bail conditions say
  • are in breach of a community based order
  • are at risk of being placed in custody while a pre-sentence report is prepared.

How to get one

Your child’s legal representative will make an application for bail for your child. They will ask us to suggest a suitable program to the court.

Our youth justice officers will talk to you and your child to develop the conditional bail program. We will then give it to the court to consider.

If the court grants bail with a condition that your child participates in a conditional bail program, your child will go to their local youth justice centre to meet with youth justice officers and discuss the days, times and details of their program.

What is involved

A conditional bail program can give your child help and support from a youth justice officer for up to 32 hours per week.

The youth worker will help your child develop skills and access services that will help them in the future, including:

  • TAFE or other education
  • apprenticeships, traineeships or work skills programs
  • cultural development programs
  • sporting and recreational programs
  • health services
  • life skills and social skills programs
  • community supports.

Rules

It is important that your child understands that the program is a condition of their bail. Your child must agree to participate and follow the lawful instructions of a youth justice officer.

If your child does not do what the bail conditions say, they could be arrested by police and taken back to court.

If your child does not participate as required, they may be in breach of their bail and have to go back to court.

The court may decide to place your child in custody until their next court date.

Committing an offence on bail

It is imporant that your child does not offend while on bail. If a young person is on bail and they commit another offence there are consequences.

This can also influence the court when it decides whether its best to:

  • grant further bail for your child; or
  • remand them in custody in a detention centre to stop them from committing other offences.

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