Bail is an essential stage in the course of a criminal proceeding. In Alberta, bail refers to the release of a person facing charges prior to trial or sentencing. Being released on bail is officially known as judicial interim release. Kurie Queck LLP’s criminal law team has successfully advocated for numerous clients at both bail hearings, and bail reviews in front of the Court of Queen’s Bench.
When an individual is arrested and not released on conditions by police, they will be held for a bail hearing. The Criminal Code gives everyone the right to have their bail hearing heard by a Justice of the Peace within 24 hours of arrest. The bail hearing is a crucial part of your criminal proceeding, and can determine whether or not you will wait in custody until your trial, or be released.
If your bail hearing results in an order for your detention, it may be possible to bring the order before a Court of Queen’s Bench judge to review the order, in order to change or replace it. Our law presumes that a person is innocent – and absent exceptional circumstances, a person charged with an offence should be granted reasonable bail. The decision to grant an accused release from jail pending trial is of paramount importance to the liberty of the accused and the overall conduct of the case. Kurie Queck LLP’s criminal law team has successfully advocated for numerous clients at both bail hearings, and bail reviews in front of the Court of Queen’s Bench. If you need help with bail, contact us to arrange a consultation with one of our criminal lawyers.