Bail applications in court are expected to surge as delays caused by coronavirus increase and accused offenders face long stints in custody before their cases are finalised.
Victoria's magistrates courts remain open amid the pandemic but non-urgent matters are being adjourned off for up to seven months.
Bail applications for new people in custody are still being heard daily but it is not known how long people will wait for their cases to be finalised.
On Monday a man charged with serious offences including burglary and reckless conduct endangering life became the first person in Warrnambool to be granted bail due to virus fears.
Another accused man was bailed on Thursday under similar circumstances.
The 29-year-old appeared in Warrnambool Magistrates Court charged with recklessly causing injury and associated offences.
The charges related to an incident on Tuesday when he verbally abused his father and injured a 13-year-old boy by pushing him off his bike, causing bruising and bleeding to the leg.
The incident allegedly occurred in front of the offender's five-year-old son.
The man is currently on a corrections order, which started after he served 97 days in jail for threatening to kill an emergency services worker and possessing a weapon.
His extensive criminal history includes offences of causing damage, burglary, possessing of cannabis and methamphetamine, assaulting police and reckless conduct engendering life.
In a self-represented bail application, the man said he didn't have any exceptional circumstances why he should be released from custody.
He said up until this week he had been "doing OK" on his corrections order and that if he didn't go back to work, he would be back in jail.
Magistrate Mark Stratmann granted the man bail, stating the courts were facing delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He said the disconnect between families as a result of the virus was beginning to take place in the prison population.
"Life is getting increasingly difficult," he said.
It comes after an accused drug trafficker was granted bail in Ballarat Supreme Court last week because of the threat COVID-19 poses to the prison system.
The decision is expected to create a rush of bail applications due to fears of a virus outbreak in the prisons and the associated factor of cases being delayed.
Mr Stratmann said two Supreme Court of Appeal justices this week acknowledged that submissions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic would continue to come before the court, but that matters would need to be resolved on a case-by-case basis.
He was referring to a north Melbourne drug trafficker who had one-and-a-half years slashed off his jail sentence on appeal on Monday.
The man's lawyer submitted that his client should receive a "palpable and discernible discount" due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which he said was creating a high level of anxiety among prisoners and their families as personal visits were no longer permitted in the prison.
In response, Justice Priest and Justice Weinberg said the following:
"With regard to the COVID-19 pandemic... we readily acknowledge that this is a matter that is certain to come before this court again in the immediate future.
"In the absence of any adequate material concerning the impact of the virus upon the corrections system, as matters stand, and given that the situation is one that is rapidly evolving, we are hesitant to express a general statement of principle regarding how this court (and others) should deal with this crisis as regards its effect upon relevant sentencing principles.
"We do accept, however, that the situation is causing additional stress and concern for prisoners and their families, as it is for every member of the community.
"The extent to which that may be taken into account, if at all, will be a matter to be resolved on the particular facts of any individual case."
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