Bail Amendment Bill (2014): more bad medicine

In March 2013, CLANT made this submission to the NT Department of Justice review of the Bail Act.  In July 2014, the government circulated a consultation draft of the Bail Amendment Bill.  Regrettably, the draft Bill does not adopt either of CLANT’s key recommendations, which were that there be a general presumption in favour of bail, and that the offence of breaching bail be repealed.  On the contrary, the Bill broadens the range of offences attracting a presumption against bail.  In response, CLANT has made this further submission.