R v Chaouk [2013] VSCA 99: no funding for instructors means trials likely to be unfair

Edit: Austlii now has R v Chaouk online.Today in R v Chaouk [2013] VSCA 99, the Court of Appeal rejected an application by the DPP to appeal Justice Lasry's decision in February to stay a murder trial until VLA agreed to fund an instructing solicitor.The original decision was R v Chaouk [2013] VSC 48. That decision …

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Instructors at trial

Edit: The judgment referred to below can now be found on AustLII (suitably redacted), as MK v Victoria Legal Aid [2013] VSC 49.On Monday the Supreme Court will rule on an application in a murder trial for an order directing Victoria Legal Aid to,provide legal representation to the accused necessary for the accused to receive …

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Changes to the County Court Criminal Procedure Practice Note

These changes come in on Monday 21st January.The amended note (36 pages) can be found here. Even more helpfully, a Notice to Practitioners (kind of an EM for practice notes) has been made available here. Most changes are minor procedural tweaks. Perhaps the most significant change is the Criminal Registry's express prohibition on filings by …

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