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Children must be considered differently to adults in bail decisions

Changes that apply after 1 May 2016 require courts to consider a number of factors when they are making decision about bail for a child.

Changes that apply after 1 May 2016 require courts to consider a number of factors when they are making decision about bail for a child. Children will also be exempt from the offence of breaching a bail condition. A breach will trigger the power to bring a child back before the court to have their bail reconsidered.

Bail is to be used only as a last resort in relation to a child.

See Children and bail.

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