VLA have started a Summary Procedure Bulletin on their website. The intention seems to be to keep court users informed of the progressive roll-out of the scheme. This one talks about the establishment of Brief Integration Service Centres (BISCs) at Cragieburn and Moorabbin.
Chief Magistrate’s Direction No 3 of 2010 comes into effect today.
It replaces Direction No 6 of 2009, discussed here last year. Like No 6, the new direction doesn’t offer much in the way of detail, leaving the process to vary from one Magistrates’ Court location to the next. There’s more information contained in the Best Practice Guide to the Criminal Procedure Act, discussed here.
The new direction suggests that contest mention hearings will be retained as part of summary procedure. (There had been a suggestion from some quarters that formal contest mention hearings had become irrelevant since the introduction of summary case conferencing).