Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Place of Publication

Perth, Western Australia


School of Psychology


Allan, A., Allan, M.M., Giles, M., & Drake, D. (2003) The relationship between bail decision-making and legal representation within the criminal justice system. Perth, Australia: Edith Cowan University.


The primary aim of this study was to examine the relationship between legal representation and bail decision-making within the criminal justice system in Western Australia. In doing so it was necessary to "rule out" a number of other factors and this process provided the opportunity to test whether some of the factors mentioned in the literature, such as age and race, have an independent effect on bail decision-making. The data also provided a valuable snapshot of bail decision-making in the Courts of Petty Sessions and the Perth Children’s Court...