"You are entitled to a bail hearing, regardless of the severity of, or the circumstances surrounding the charges you face."

Your Defence Starts at Your Bail Hearing – Let Us Represent You


Bail hearings are an important step in the criminal process, as it is at this point that a Justice of the Peace will determine whether or not you are to be released into the community pending trial. This has significant implications for you. There is, of course, the obvious reason: nobody wants to be behind bars. This means you’ll be away from family, friends and community support. It could also have serious repercussions for your job and finances. Beyond this, however, you need to consider that preparing your defence is far less cumbersome when you’re in a position to meet with counsel regularly.

You are entitled to a bail hearing, regardless of the severity of, or the circumstances surrounding the charges you face. The law states that you are to be brought before the court as soon as practicable, but no longer than 24 hours after being arrested. That being said, the reality is that often times the courts are backlogged, and while you may be brought to court, this does not guarantee that your bail hearing will be conducted. Having a private lawyer present to assist you through the process can be of great benefit, as she will be in a better position to ensure that your matter is heard in a timely manner. You should also keep in mind that you only get one shot at a bail hearing, so you want to make it count. In the event you are denied bail, the only other recourse you will have is to pursue what is called a “bail review.” This takes place at the Superior Court of Justice and is a lengthy and costly process.

Your lawyer will take steps to construct and present a suitable plan of release to the court. Typically this will involve one or more sureties. In the event you do not have a suitable surety, there are bail programs available.