Application in High Court (Zimbabwe)

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The general power of the High Court to admit a person to bail no matter what charge has been levelled against him is set out in s 116(a) CPEA. However, this power is now subject to various restrictions.

For charges of offences contained in Part 1 or Part II of the Third Schedule, the judge must order the detention of X in custody except if there X has adduced evidence which satisfied the magistrate that exceptional circumstances exist which in the interests of justice permit his release. S 117(6)(a)

The High Court of Zimbabwe (Bail) Rules, 1991 (SI 109 of 1991) lay down procedures to be followed and the documents to be produced when applications for bail are made in the High Court.

See Zimbabwe Criminal Defense Manual