Summary Case Conferences

Edit: The Judicial College has published some information about summary case conferencing in its Criminal Procedure Manual at 3.3.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 …

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JCV updates

The Judicial College has updated its Charge Book.Changes bring the manual further into line with the provisions of the Evidence Act 2008. They include:New Chapters4.15.1 - Silence in Response to People in Authority – Bench Notes and a Charge4.15.2 - Silence in Response to Equal Parties – Bench Notes and a ChargeRevisions4.1 - The Accused …

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Magistrates' Court Bench Book

Speaking of bench books, I predicted last year that a Victorian Magistrates' Court Bench Book (probably available in electronic form from the JCV) was just around the corner. It's sorely needed. Any expectation that judicial officers sitting in the summary jurisdiction can have knowledge of the many orders, applications and actions that the Magistrates' Court …

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Magistrates’ Court Bench Book

Speaking of bench books, I predicted last year that a Victorian Magistrates' Court Bench Book (probably available in electronic form from the JCV) was just around the corner. It's sorely needed. Any expectation that judicial officers sitting in the summary jurisdiction can have knowledge of the many orders, applications and actions that the Magistrates' Court …

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Getting credit at the sentencing bank

Edit: In Karpinski v The Queen [2011] VSCA 94, Weinberg JA voiced a concern over the way R v Renzella [1997] 2 VR 88 is now being applied [at 7]:Any accused who has been wrongly imprisoned is, of course, the victim of a grave injustice. It does not follow, however, that it is society’s duty …

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