Abstract: Bail laws in New South Wales ('NSW') have long been a point of contention between the State Government and the Indigenous community, particularly in relation to Aboriginal juvenile offenders. Originally drafted to reflect the objectives and principles of an effective criminal justice system, the past decade has seen bail laws labelled as being inaccessible to the Indigenous community, in addition to imposing highly onerous and unachievable conditions upon juvenile Indigenous offenders. Notably, in 2010-11, 38.5 per cent of young offenders placed on remand were Indigenous - a significant proportion given that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up just 2.5 per cent of the overall Australian population.
To cite this article: Weatherby-Fell, Caitlin. A complete overhaul of the bail system?: The incoming New South Wales bail act 2013 and aboriginal juvenile offenders [online]. Indigenous Law Bulletin, Vol. 8, No. 11, Mar/Apr 2014: 24-29.
[cited 19 Jan 17].