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Stage 2 - filing your bail application

Now that you have completed the practice forms included with this kit, there are several steps you need to follow before lodging them with the supreme court.

Step 1 - Preparing your final forms

Spend time checking that all the information on the practice forms is correct.

Mistakes may stop you getting bail.

When you are sure all the forms are correct then include the information in the final form. These forms need to be typed. Arrange access to a typewriter through your Unit Officer, Welfare Counsellor or the bail clerk at your centre.

Make sure you have your 'application for bail' and 'affidavit' forms.

Make sure your name and address are in the footnote of the first page of 'application for bail' and in the footnote of the first page of your 'affidavit'.

If your forms are not completed exactly as in the samples, the court will not accept them.

If you find a mistake in your 'affidavit' after it is typed, rule a line through it and write the correct information. Do not use liquid paper. When having your 'affidavit' witnessed, you and the person witnessing must write your initials beside any changes. 

Step 2 - Getting your final forms witnessed

You must sign your 'application for bail'.

Your final 'affidavit' must be signed in front of a Justice of the Peace, Commissioner for Declarations or a lawyer before it is filed in court.

The draft 'order' is not signed by you. It is signed by the Deputy Registrar if you are granted bail.

Do not sign your 'affidavit' until it can be witnessed by either of these people. Ask your Unit Officer, Welfare Counsellor or the bail clerk to help you organise these signatures. 

Step 3 - Getting your bail application to the supreme court

After the final forms are signed and witnessed, make three photocopies of all your forms. Keep one copy of all the forms for yourself and give the originals and the two other copies to the bail clerk at your centre who will arrange for collection or delivery to the filing agents.

If there is no bail clerk at your centre then:

  • On the front of the envelope write the name and address of the agent filing the documents for you (listed below).
  • On the back of the envelope write your name and address of your correctional centre.
  • On the front and back of the envelope write 'Private and Confidential Legal Correspondence'

When an agent has filed your documents at the court registry, the court will tell your correctional centre the hearing date so that your correctional centre can arrange to transport you to court. Applications are usually heard in court within one week of the documents being filed.

Arrangements have been made with the following agencies to file your documents at court:

  • For inmates at Lotus Glen Correctional Centre:
    Far North Queensland Family and Prisoners Support Inc (FNQFAPS)
    PO Box 359
    MANUNDA Qld 4870
    Tel. 4051 4485
    Documents are filed and served on Wednesdays
  • For inmates at Townsville Correctional Centre:
    Townsville Community Legal Centre
    PO Box 807
    TOWNSVILLE Qld 4810
    Tel. 4721 5511
    Documents are filed and served on Wednesdays
  • For inmates at Rockhampton Correctional Centre:
    Legal Aid Queensland
    PO Box 442
    ROCKHAMPTON Qld 4700
    Tel. 4927 5277
    Documents are filed and served once a week
  • For inmates at south-east Queensland correctional centres:
    Prisoners' Legal Service Inc
    GPO Box 257
    BRISBANE Qld 4001
    Tel. 3846 3384 Tuesday and Thursday 9am to 1pm
    Documents are filed and served on Fridays
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