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I’m a surety at a bail hearing, bail review, or detention review. What should I do?

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I’m a surety at a bail hearing, bail review, or detention review. What should I do?
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I’m a surety at a bail hearing, bail review, or detention review. What should I do?
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May 12, 2020
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Bail, bail reviews, and detention reviews will be held remotely. If the accused is in custody, audio and video technology will be used wherever possible. In some cases, these matters will be conducted without the accused being present. For more information, read the notice from the court

If you’re going to act as a surety, you will have to talk to the lawyer for the accused. The lawyer will be responsible for confirming your identification and for helping you to sign an electronic bail release. Make sure you understand what it means to be a surety before agreeing to act as one. Read the question I've been asked to be a surety. What should I know about my rights and responsibilities? for more information.

After the electronic bail release is signed, the defence lawyer will scan it back to the court registrar. The release will then be sent to the institution where the accused person is in custody.

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