BAIL VARIATION Most often in domestic violence cases when the defendant is arrested and bought to court then bailed, the court imposes a blanket provision that the defendant is not allowed to contact the complainant. Although this often is appropriate, the court tends to impose it as a bail condition without considering the facts. It can cause great hardship and difficulties for families, especially those with young children. My client on a charge of assaulting his wife, had such a provision which as he worked from their home made earning an income almost impossible. Despite the opposition of the police the court on application by me, rescinded this condition and imposed a more sensible option of allowing him at the home with the complainant’s consent.