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About bail justices

About bail justices

Bail justice volunteers play an important role in the justice system and provide a valuable and accessible service which is unique to Victoria.

The role of bail justice volunteers includes conducting:

  • after-hours bail
  • remand hearings in respect of adults who are held in police custody under the Bail Act 1977.
  • remand hearings involving children who are held in police custody and applications for Interim Accommodation Orders under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005.

Similar to justice of the peace volunteers, bail justice volunteers also have the power to witness statutory declarations and receive affidavits within Victoria.

Bail justice volunteers are appointed by the Governor in Council under section 14 of the Honorary Justices Act 2014.