Remanded in custody

The time spent on remand can vary. Major trials may take months or even years to be completed. The time on remand may be taken off the total sentence given to a prisoner.

At times it can be difficult for friends and family to get information about a remand prisoner. Family and friends may be able to write to the prisoner.

If a prisoner does not want to be contacted their request must be respected. A lawyer can help pass information but privacy laws can limit what they say.

Remand prisoners generally do not get the opportunity to prepare in advance for prison but the admission process, prison procedures and prison life are very similar as those for sentenced prisoners.

Find out more what 'remand' means.

Arriving at prison

Remand can be held at any suitable location not just Adelaide Remand Centre.

Remand prisoners follow the same procedures as any other prisoners entering prison.

Once remanded in custody, searches are undertaken and prison clothing provided.


Once in custody the police or court officials will take hold of the person’s possessions and put them in a secure bag.

These possessions will go with the prisoner to prison. Any prohibited items must be collected by a family member or friend within two weeks or they are destroyed.

Mobile phones must be collected within seven days. If the person has no one to pick up these items OARS or Second Chances may be able to help.


Money is removed from the secure bag and processed into a ‘prisoner trust account’. If there is in excess of $200 it is added to the prisoner’s telephone account.


Remand prisoners will be given prison clothing. A set of the prisoners own clothes are allowed to be kept in storage and will be made available for the prisoner to wear at court appearances.


The health and wellbeing of remand prisoners will be assessed – including checking to see if they are a danger to themselves. They will have access to required medication and health professionals.


Remand prisoners are assessed to determine their security rating. They are given guidance and an appropriate case management plan so time in prison is beneficial.

The plan can include:

  • access to skills and vocational training
  • getting support for addiction issues and
  • getting help with their return to the community.


Visiting a remand prisoner in custody follows the same rules and guidelines as visiting other prisoners at that location.

Professional visits are allowed.

Women remanded in custody with children or who are pregnant

Women who are remanded in custody while pregnant or with children will be supported. They will be able to access services and programs dedicated to helping both themselves and their children.

Find out more about women prisoners with children.

Legal aid

Free legal assistance is provided through the Legal Services Commission of South Australia.

Free legal help is also available by telephoning 1300 366 424.