Bail in New Zealand is unlike what you see on TV or in the American system of bail where a Monetary figure is set in order to release a suspect from jail. In New Zealand Bail can simply mean that you sign an undertaking to return to court on another day at a specified time, this is referred to as bail simpliciter. If you do not appear in court on that day then a warrant for your arrest will be issued by the Judge. This will be recorded making it harder for you to obtain bail again in the future. In most cases the police will ask the court to impose conditions of bail, these commonly include:
· A residence clause - meaning you have to live at a specified address;
· Reporting clause – where you have to report on specified days (such as Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) to the local Police station between certain hours of the day;
· Curfew - This is where you have to stay at home between certain hours, usually at night (such as between 6pm and 6am).
These are just some of the conditions that may be imposed, others may include non-association conditions, passport surrendering, not to interfere with witnesses, and clauses not to go to premises or even city’s and places. If you have been remanded on bail it is strongly advisable that you return on the date specified and if you can’t you should contact us or your corresponding lawyer to make arrangements with the court and police to have you appearance excused if possible.