3. Make sure your bail conditions don't make it impossible for you to obey other court orders

What are bail conditions?
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3. Make sure your bail conditions don't make it impossible for you to obey other court orders

If you aren’t sure whether your bail conditions make it difficult to follow conditions in another court order, ask your lawyer or duty counsel for advice.

For example, you may have already signed a release document in another case that says you must live at a specific address. You may be asked later to sign a new release document that requires you to live at a different address. This is a conflict because both release documents are active and require you to live at two different places.

In some situations, you may decide to follow the bail conditions even if they conflict with another court order you have. For example, your bail release document may require you to agree to stay away from your ex-partner's home, but you may have a custody order through family court that allows you to pick up your children from your ex-partner's home. If you agree to the bail conditions, you must not go to your ex-partner’s home, even though the family court order allows it.

You must be careful to not do anything that would put you in breach of your release conditions or the other court order. Later, you could ask to have your bail conditions changed.

If you do not follow your bail conditions, you can be arrested and charged with failing to comply with your bail. This is a criminal offence. If this happens, you will be held in custody for another bail hearing. It will be more difficult for you to get bail a second time.  

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Reviewed: July 1, 2018

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