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Bail:

Refers to the release from custody of a person accused of a crime and awaiting a hearing or trial, on an undertaking the accused will attend the hearing or trial.

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Bail purpose 1:

To protect the rights of the accused and ensure that he/she is treated as innocent until proven guilty

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Bail purpose 2:

Provide an opportunity for the accused to be released pending trial. This would allow the accused time out of court to prepare their case.

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Remand:

Refers to when an accused person is held in custody after they have been charged, are awaiting trial or awaiting a sentence.

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Remand purpose 1:

To protect the community where there is a risk the criminal will reoffend

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Remand purpose 2:

To prevent a person from absconding

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Committal hearings:

Refers to hearings held in the Magistrates' Court for an indictable offence to assess whether a prima facie case exists; that is whether the evidence is of sufficient weight to support a conviction by a jury in trial.

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Committal Hearings purpose 1:

To determine whether a trial should proceed, that is if the evidence is of sufficient weight to support an indictable conviction by a jury at trial in the County or Supreme Court

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Committal Hearings purpose 2:

Clarify the issues before attending trial and thereby avoid taking a matter to trial when the evidence is flimsy, saving the time and resources of higher courts.

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