Last updated 12 August 2016

Every person who has been arrested or charged with a criminal offence has the right to apply for bail. In Queensland, bail can be granted by:

  • an authorised police officer
  • the Magistrates Court (usually the first court before which a defendant is brought)
  • the District Court, Supreme Court or Court of Appeal.

Bail can be granted at any time after a person has been charged with an offence. Bail may even be granted once a person has been convicted of an offence, if an appeal against conviction or sentence has been lodged.

Bail and custody of children is dealt with in pt 5 of the Youth Justice Act 1992 (Qld).