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NSW What are the Restrictions on Reporting on a Bail Hearing?

Discussion in 'Defamation Law Forum' started by Thomas86, 31 March 2016.

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  1. Thomas86

    Thomas86 Member

    19 February 2016
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    Hi, I'm a student studying Media Law.

    I recently attended a bail hearing at the Supreme Court NSW. The case is complex as the accused has already been convicted of his crimes and has been sentenced to 7 years in prison with 4 years non-parole in 2011. I'm aware of the legislative restrictions around reporting bail hearings such as; sub judice contempt.

    The judge has granted the convicted bail, on very strict terms. The trial is not to be heard until the first half of 2017. What are the restrictions on reporting on a bail hearing in this situation?

    There are already reports and media coverage of this case dating back to 2008.
  2. Piers Blomfield

    Piers Blomfield Well-Known Member

    3 April 2016
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    Bail conditions such as reporting are designed to mitigate an unacceptable risk. Reporting is used when a person has been charged with a serious offence and they are a flight risk. Essentially the accused has to attend a nominated police station and report in.

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