What’s the difference between a ‘surety’ and ‘security’ in a NSW Bail Application?

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
Bail

The mainstream media often uses the term ‘surety’ to denote money or other valuable property provided to guarantee a person’s bail.

There are many examples of this, and such usage is as common as it is incorrect:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-07/salim-mehajer-loses-bid-for-bail/9405702

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2008-11-27/grandmums-house-sought-as-surety-for-bag-snatch/220972

https://www.9news.com.au/national/nsw-conman-peter-foster-granted-bail-court-changes-position/559364c6-d83a-4f34-8398-0765e2e562a4?ocid=Social-9NewsGC

https://7news.com.au/news/crime/weekly-shop-part-of-nsw-accuseds-bail-c-981304

https://www.afr.com/companies/mining/peabody-told-to-repay-australian-mine-rehab-bonds-20201102-p56av6

Surety versus security

The difference between the words ‘surety’ and ‘security’ in the context of bail applications is quite simple:

A ‘surety’, also known as a bail guarantor (and sometimes referred to as an ‘acceptable person’) is someone who guarantees bail for a person who applies for bail, by providing a security.

A ‘bail security’ is money or other property, or interest in property, that a bail guarantor provides to the court to support a bail application.

So, it makes no sense when the mainstream media says ‘X deposited an $X surety’, as this would suggest a physical person was deposited to the court.

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Our lawyers represent clients in bail applications throughout New South Wales, including in the Sydney Metropolitan Area, Wollongong, Newcastle and on the weekend in Parramatta Bails Court.

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