A presumption against bail has been created via recent amendments to the Bail Act 1982 (WA). There is now a presumption against bail for those charged with terrorism offences. This brings WA into line with other states.
The Bail Amendment (Persons Linked to Terrorism) Act 2019 (WA) amends the Bail Act 1982. Its purpose is the implementation of the 2017 Council of Australian Governments agreement for a presumption against bail to apply to persons with links to terrorism. A presumption against bail now applies in WA in relation to certain ‘terrorism offences’ and for ‘persons linked to terrorism’, as newly defined in s 3 of the Bail Act.
A person has links to terrorism for the purposes of the Bail Act if:
- they are charged with, or have been convicted of, a terrorism offence; or
- they are subject to an interim control order or confirmed control order made under the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth); or
- they have been the subject of a confirmed control order within the last 10 years.
It is not necessary for these links to terrorism to have any connection to the charge currently before the court for which bail is being considered.
The amendments commenced on 1 January 2020.
The full commentary in the By Lawyers Criminal Magistrates Court guide for Western Australia has been updated accordingly.