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What is the role of the accused’s lawyer or duty counsel in bail court?

The role of the accused’s lawyer or duty counsel is to protect the accused’s rights and interests. In most cases, this means trying to convince the Crown to recommend a “consent release” to the court.

If there is no “consent release” and a bail hearing is held the accused’s lawyer or duty counsel will present evidence and make arguments to the court about why the accused should be released on bail.