What to Expect at Your Bail Hearing
The Crown must “show cause” why you should stay in custody at your bail hearing. Your lawyer will help you “show cause” why you should be released while your case is in court. The Ontario Court of Justice only gives you one bail hearing. You may be denied bail and stay in custody until your case is resolved, goes to trial, or a bail review in the Superior Court of Justice grants you a release.
You may be released without conditions, but if the judge requires conditions, they must explain the conditions and why they are imposing them. You must follow these rules while on bail to avoid being arrested for failure to comply. You will be in custody again and face another bail hearing. Required conditions can include:
- Not communicating with a complainant or co-accused
- Staying a required distance from specific people or addresses
- Living at a specified address and being home during specific times
- Following specific rules of house arrest