Lawyers have hit out at new laws allowing prosecutors to keep Canberrans in jail for three business days even after a court has granted them bail. The new laws have been described as a "disgraceful" attack on human rights, and an unnecessary and "draconian" reform, The Canberra Times reported on 9 June.
The laws apply only to family violence offenders and serious offenders. Prosecutors, if they believe that exceptional circumstances exist to keep the offender behind bars, can apply to a court for a review of a decision granting bail. The offender can then be held for 72 business hours or until it comes before the ACT Supreme Court for review.
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