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Bail ‘Lotto’

TAMEISHA SOBERS, [email protected]

Bail ‘Lotto’

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SOME LAWYERS are equating the granting of bail in magistrates’ courts to playing the lottery.

Warning that inconsistency with the application of bail was a serious problem, one lawyer called for clear rules that would allow justice to be “dispensed evenly”.

The reactions came in response to recent comments by attorney Arthur Holder, who voiced strong concerns about the matter.

Speaking particularly about granting of bail to persons charged with drug offences, Holder called for a defined practice direction across the board for magistrates hearing bail applications.

Queen’s Counsel Andrew Pilgrim agreed there was merit to Holder’s contention. (TKS)

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