What does it mean that I can’t contact or approach someone?
If your bail form says you can’t contact someone, then you must not contact them. Any contact with them means you are breaking your bail conditions and you could be arrested, fined or sent to prison.
Your bail form might say that you can’t contact or approach someone. This means that while you are still on bail, you can’t talk to them at all. For example:
- You can’t go to their house to talk to them, and you can’t talk to them on the street
- You are not allowed to call them or send them a text message or an email
- You are not allowed to contact them through social media.
Your bail form might say you can’t have someone else contact or approach someone. This means you can’t ask someone else to talk to that person for you.
Your bail form might say you can’t contact the complainant. The complainant is the person that the police say you have done something bad to. Your bail form might say you can’t contact any witnesses. A witness is someone who saw what happened.
If you want to change your bail conditions, you may make an application to the court.