oa De Rebus - Bail - time for a return to sanity

Volume 1999, Issue 380
  • ISSN : 0250-0329



There have recently been various far-reaching amendments to the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 which make it more difficult and sometimes even almost impossible for an arrested person to be granted bail (see s 60 as amended by the Criminal Procedure Second Amendment Act 85 of 1997). * For instance, an arrested person is no longer entitled to bring a bail application before a court of law outside ordinary court hours. A court may now postpone a bail application for a period not exceeding seven days at a time. An accused person is now no longer entitled to have access to the police docket for the purposes of bringing a bail application.

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