What is bail?
- You need to turn up on the date you've been told to.
- You need to follow all of the rules or "conditions" you have been given while on bail.
- You must not break the law while on bail.
If you break these conditions, you could be arrested, fined or sent to prison.
- Form 7 – Undertaking as to bail
- Form 10 – Undertaking as to bail following grant of bail by judge of the Supreme or District Court or Court of Appeal .
What are the rules or “conditions” of my bail?
If you are on bail you have to follow the rules or "conditions" of your bail.
There are two conditions that everyone on bail has to follow:
- You have to go to court on the date you are told to go
- You can’t break the law. No matter how small the offence, you could end up in prison.
They could be that you:
- have to go to a police station on set days and times
- have to live at a set address
- can't contact someone
- have to be home between set hours every day (including curfew)
- have to find someone you know with enough money or property and is willing to guarantee you will go to court in the future (‘a surety’). That person can be required by the judge or the magistrate to pay a fixed amount of money or property to the court and the court may keep that money or property if you don’t turn up to court.
There is information on this website about how to comply with these conditions.
There might be other conditions which you have to follow if you are on bail. The specific conditions which apply to you are listed on your bail undertaking . If you don’t understand any of these conditions or how to comply you need to get legal advice.
If you have any questions or concerns about your bail undertaking or bail conditions, get legal advice.