Important features of topic: Cross exam of witnesses during committal…
Important features of topic: Cross exam of witnesses during committal hearing
What is the current process in Victoria regarding committal proceedings?
Victorian Law Reform Commission's issues paper on Committals
Victorian criminal code
Criminal Procedure Act 2009 (Vic) part 4.7
Current process for other States and Territories
New South Wales see Criminal Procedure Act 1986 (NSW) div 4.
Tasmania: Justices Act 1959 (Tas) div 2
Queensland: Justices Act 1886 (Qld)
What effect would reforms have on the current system?
How would any possible changes be implemented?
Right to fair trial
Trauma on victims/witnesses
Timely and adequate disclosure
'Encouraging Appropriate Early Guilty Pleas' New South Wales Law Reform Commission, 5.
Is there a need for reform in Victoria?
Long delays due to unproductive witness cross examination: Mark Weinberg QC 'A prosecution perspective' at 140.
Traumatic - Proposed Reforms to Reduce Further Trauma to Victims and Witnesses, policy paper Kerri Judd QC Director of Public Prosecutions Victoria at p 4.