Bail in the Time of COVID-19

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Brendon Murphy and Tahlia Ferrari. (2020). Bail in the Time of COVID-19. Criminal Law Journal. 44(4), pp. 247-263.
AuthorsBrendon Murphy and Tahlia Ferrari
Abstract

One of the numerous and unexpected ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Australian law and judicial practice, has been the impact on bail applications. In a very short space of time, a new body of jurisprudence has emerged in which the COVID virus has become a relevant factor in the determination of bail. This paper considers the extent to which COVID has influenced bail decisions in New South Wales and Victoria, by analysing how COVID-19 has changed bail applications, and the impact this has on bail jurisprudence. In conclusion, we suggest that while COVID has been integrated into Australian law rapidly, it has done so with respect to existing categories including concerns centred around trial delay, potential exposure to the virus whilst incarcerated, increased health risks due to a compromised immune system, hardship on remand, and limits on access to legal representatives. While COVID has affected decision making, it is one of many factors considered.

Year2020
JournalCriminal Law Journal
Journal citation44 (4), pp. 247-263
PublisherThomson Reuters (Professional) Australia Limited
ISSN0314-1160
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