How can I change my bail address?

Question Details: I have been granted bail, but the girl who owns the house wants me out immediately. I do have a place to stay but its not my "legal bail address." Can I register the change of address with the court and if so, how?

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Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley

Yes, you can change your address. You will need to either see your lawyer or go to your nearest District Court (preferably the one dealing with your case) to fill out an application to change your conditions. Usually the Court will need to send the form to the Police for them to check the address and either consent to or oppose your application.

Be wary that this can take time and in the meantime your original bail address will stand. If the Police check that address and find you are not residing there, they may seek to arrest you for breaching your conditions.

For more information on bail see this link: www.communitylaw.org.nz.

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