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Bail in Victoria


If you are accused of committing a minor criminal offence in Victoria, you will usually receive a summons stating a time and date when you must go to court.  For more serious crimes, you may be arrested by the police and remanded in custody.  In those circumstances, you can apply to be released on bail in accordance with the provisions of the Bail Act 1977.  This means you can be released from custody on condition that you attend the court at a later date and time to be tried for the offence.  Other conditions may also be imposed. If a police officer does not grant you bail when you are arrested, you can also apply to the court to be released on bail.  In both cases, a written promise will set out the terms of your bail.  This is known as the bail undertaking or bail bond. 

Bail In VIC
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Michelle Makela

Michelle Makela is one of our Legal Practice Directors and the National Practice Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and a Master’s in Criminology. Michelle has had a varied career, working in commercial litigation, criminal law, family law and estate planning. Michelle joined Go To Court Lawyers in 2011. She now supervises a team of over 80 solicitors across Australia.

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