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Bail Applications - the basics

Bail Applications - the basics
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One of the first questions that your clients are likely to ask you is whether or not they are likely to get bail when charged with an offence. When considering a bail application, you will need to have a good understanding of what the defendant’s expectations are, know how to interpret an opposition to bail, the associated documents and the restrictions on bail in certain cases.

This webinar will take a practical approach in guiding you through the Bail Act 2000 in the current landscape and will be of assistance to you whether you are making or opposing an application.

Topics covered will include:

  • Timings
    - What services/resources are available
    - Proximity issues with family violence
  • Forms
    - Getting the Opposition to Bail right
    - What should you raise with the prosecutor before you got to court?
  • Applications
    - How persuasive can you be?
    - Procedure for opposing bail
    - Procedure for making a bail application
  • Bail conditions
    - What is reasonable?
  • Supplementary considerations
    - Electronic monitored bail
    - Section 168A Criminal Procedure Act (non-contact)
    - Use of court victims advisor.

Learning objectives

After this webinar you will understand:

  • The components of a written opposition to bail.
  • How the Bail Act 2000 applies.
  • How to advance a competent bail application.

Who should attend

All criminal lawyers and anyone who deals with bail application related matters in the course of their work.

Book / Technical Specs

A background book written by the presenters is available in hard copy, PDF, or both. Please indicate your choice upon registration. 

  • Hard Copy - Your book will be posted to you - no extra charge 
  • PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event - no extra charge 
  • Both Hard Copy & PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event, and posted the hard copy book  - additional $30 charge
For information on what is required to participate in the webinar, click here.


  • Janine Bonifant, Barrister, Brandon Street Chambers, Wellington
  • Edana Sparks, Prosecutor, Police Prosecution Service, Wellington

Fee (Incl GST)


Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here


  • Webinar - 11.00am - 12.30pm
  • Registration closes - 3.00pm, Tuesday 3 December 2019

View PDF brochure and registration form here.

Webinar 4 December
I can't attend, but please let me know when the book is available to purchase.


Attendance at the live webinar
  • If you attended the live webinar, you will receive an electronic certificate of attendance as verification for your CPD records.
  • You can view and hear the presentation again, as many times as you wish in your own time for no additional cost.
Registration but non-attendance on the day
  • Under the CPD Scheme only those who attend a live webinar are eligible to claim CPD hours.
  • If you registered but were unable to attend on the day, you can view and hear the archived recording of the presentation.

Cancellation and refund policy

Since the webinar is available to registrants as an archive after the live presentation, there is no cancellation – we just transfer your user status as a registrant from the live presentation to a purchaser of the webinar package of recorded webinar, PowerPoints and booklet.

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