One of the side issues that kept the Pauline Hanson and David Ettridge saga in the media was their unsuccessful attempts to obtain bail after being convicted in the District Court on fraud and electoral charges. David Field’s article The Perils of Pauline in this edition discusses the reasons why Pauline Hanson and David Ettridge were ultimately released after their convictions were quashed. Their attempts to obtain bail were all unsuccessful. In the light of their eventual acquittal it is interesting to ask what is the nature of bail; when is it granted and why was it not granted in this case.