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What is the role of the Crown in bail court?

The Crown’s role is to represent the interests of the general public. They will tell the judge or justice of the peace what the allegations and charges against the accused are, and they will either recommend that the accused be released on bail, or they may oppose his or her release. If they recommend relase, this is usually called a “consent release,” and the judge or justice of the peace will usually release the accused on the conditions recommended by the Crown. However, the judge or justice of the peace always has final say. If the Crown opposes releasing the accused, then there will be a bail hearing.