Police will have new powers to remand an accused person in custody and bail justices will have a more limited role, under the second wave of bail reforms introduced by Victorian Government.
The Bail Amendment (Stage Two) Bill will allow senior police officers to remand a person in custody for up to 48 hours until a court is available to hear their application for bail.
Under the new police remand system, where police refuse bail, an accused will be required to be brought before a court as soon as practicable and the accused will not be able to make a further application to a bail justice within the 48 hour timeframe.
In line with Justice Paul Coghlan’s second report into the bail system, the increased police remand powers will not apply to children, Aboriginal people or vulnerable adults, such as those with a cognitive impairment.
(Source: Premiers Media Centre 12/12/2017)