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Queensland Bikie Bail Directive Causes Conflict

By 6 November 2013Criminal Law

On Tuesday, Chief Magistrate Tim Carmody issued a directive to all other Magistrates in Queensland in regards to bail applications made under the new anti-bikie laws.

The directive states that the prosecution may have up to 7 days to prepare a case opposing bail. These special bail hearing will be held in the Brisbane Magistrates Court in the afternoon.

The accused remains in custody whilst awaiting a bail decision.

The directive comes amidst some bail hearings lasting for days, due to the convoluted and vague nature of the legislation’s drafting. Mr Carmody insists that the change will speed up the process by allowing advocates more time to prepare, and will consequently reduce costs, ensure a fair bail hearing, and avoid unnessecary delays.

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