What is remand

Remand is the detention of an alleged offender by a court order.

A remand prisoner

A remand prisoner is someone held in custody while waiting for their trial or sentencing.

A remand prisoner may be held in prison, or in police cells, court cells, or psychiatric facilities as required.

The court has to decide if the accused is to get Court Bail.

There are several reasons that can lead to an accused being remanded.

These include:

  • the seriousness of the offence
  • the risk of re-offending
  • they are a risk to themselves
  • protecting the victim.

Further factors can be found at the Law Handbook.

Legal Aid

It is highly recommended that anybody who is remanded in custody have a solicitor or a lawyer.

Free legal aid and advice is available from the Legal Services Commission of South Australia.

Legal help is also available by telephoning 1300 366 424.