Recently, our Principal Solicitor, Justin Wong spoke on a Q & A panel about electronic monitoring devices such as ankle bracelets. With fellow panel members, Magistrate Greenwood, Ihab Jamal, and Phillipp Schluter, Justin discussed how electronic monitoring can affect certain bail applications. Particularly when charged with a show cause offence, electronic monitoring can sometimes be offered to the court as a way of reducing the concerns that the court may have of someone fleeing the country or not residing at their address.
While ankle bracelets and other electronic monitoring devices are not without limitations, it can reduce the perceived risks to community safety and potentially increase the chances of being granted bail. As several panelists mentioned, this has broader implications in upholding the right to liberty and the principle of innocent until proven guilty.
Applying for bail can be a complicated process both in the Local and Supreme Court. It is important to seek legal advice especially if you are considering whether electronic monitoring is a suitable option. For further information or advice, contact one of our specialist criminal lawyers on (02) 9025 9888.