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All offences—unacceptable risk test

    (1)     A bail decision maker must refuse bail for a person accused of any offence if the bail decision maker is satisfied that—

        (a)     there is a risk that the accused would, if released on bail—

              (i)     endanger the safety or welfare of any person; or

              (ii)     commit an offence while on bail; or

              (iii)     interfere with a witness or otherwise obstruct the course of justice in any matter; or

              (iv)     fail to surrender into custody in accordance with the conditions of bail; and

        (b)     the risk is an unacceptable risk.


An unacceptable risk that the accused, if released on bail, would commit a family violence offence.

    (2)     The prosecutor bears the burden of satisfying the bail decision maker

        (a)     as to the existence of a risk of a kind mentioned in subsection (1)(a); and

        (b)     that the risk is an unacceptable risk.

    (3)     In considering whether a risk mentioned in subsection (1)(a) is an unacceptable risk, the bail decision maker must—

        (a)     take into account the surrounding circumstances; and


The term surrounding circumstances is defined in section 3. Also the bail decision maker is required to take into account other matters if the accused is an Aboriginal person or a child. See sections 3A and 3B.

        (b)     consider whether there are any conditions of bail that may be imposed to mitigate the risk so that it is not an unacceptable risk.

S. 5
amended by Nos 10087 s. 3(1)(Sch. 1 item 4), 16/1987 s. 12(Sch. 2 item 3(b)) [2] , 23/1994 s. 118(Sch. 1 item 4.1(a)(b)), 97/2005 s. 182(Sch. 4 item 4), 68/2009 s. 97(Sch. items 11.1, 11.3, 11.4), 13/2010 s. 51(Sch. item 7), substituted by No. 70/2010 s. 8, amended by No. 44/2013 s. 4, substituted by No. 26/2017 s. 6.

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