Internal bail review finds processes not followed


Released 24/09/2015

A review into the release on bail of an alleged offender prior to his preconditions being met has found the error was the result of usual court administrative processes not being followed.

Attorney-General Simon Corbell tabled the review in the Legislative Assembly today and said the government would accept all of its recommendations to strengthen the administrative processes for granting bail in the Magistrates Court.

“The review found that Mr Scott Alan Insull was released as a result of a number of departures from the usual court administrative processes,” Mr Corbell said.

“There was also a misunderstanding as to the order made and incorrect assumptions regarding whether the precondition to bail in the magistrate’s order had been met.”

The review recommends that the roles and responsibilities of magistrates’ associates, bail officers and corrections officers throughout the bail process be clarified.

The review also highlighted the need to review and update written policies, procedures and training material to ensure officers fully understand custody arrangements under the Corrections Management Act 2007 and the Crimes (Sentence Administration) Act 2005.

“The government accepts the recommendations of the Review and I am pleased to say that work has already begun on updating written policies and procedures within the Magistrates Court,” Mr Corbell said.

“The review has also highlighted the value of the new Integrated Case Management System to be implemented in the ACT Law Courts and Tribunal.

“The ICMS will provide an electronic bench sheet and electronic bail order template which will ensure magistrates’ orders are clearly communicated and adhered to.”

The report was presented to Attorney-General Simon Corbell and Minister for Justice Shane Rattenbury by the Chief Magistrate.

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