From 1 February 2014, Corrections will also take over the monitoring aspects of EM bail for youth and will work collaboratively with Child, Youth and Family (CYF) to complete EM Bail Suitability Reports for the Youth Court.  Corrections will also work closely with any allocated CYF Social Worker while the child or young person is subject to EM bail.

The Department of Corrections (Corrections) and the New Zealand Police (Police) have been jointly managing Electronically Monitored Bail (EM bail), in the adult jurisdiction, under a shared service model since 1 October 2013.

Probation officers will assess suitability of applicants, their proposed address and the viability of electronic monitoring, which is similar to what they already do for home detention and community detention offenders.

Police will continue to respond to any non-compliance with court-imposed bail conditions, and will arrest and return the bailee to court if necessary.

Between 13 January to 1 February 2014 Police will transition the last remaining EM Bailees (including the youth cohort) to Corrections.

New Forms

A new EM Bail Application form and a Notice of Application to Vary Bail Conditions have been designed and will apply to both the Youth and District Court jurisdictions.

The new forms will be available from the Department of Corrections, the Ministry of Justice and the New Zealand Police websites from 1 February 2014.

There is no change to the application process; lawyers are still required to file the application form to court and obtain a hearing date on behalf of their clients.

Visit the EM bail section on our website for more information and resources.