Regional practitioners encouraged to participate in committals review

Regional practitioners encouraged to participate in committals review

Friday, 16 August 2019

We encourage regional practitioners to participate in consultations with the Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) for its review of the state’s committal system.

Specifically, the VLRC is considering whether the present committal system should be retained, changed or abolished and replaced with a new pre-trial procedure. The terms of reference also present an opportunity to examine ways to improve the early identification of matters for resolution, disclosure processes and charging practices.

The review is also considering the best practices to reduce trauma for witnesses and victims, improve efficiency in the criminal justice system, and to ensure the right to a fair trial. 

The VLRC team leading the review wants direct feedback from regional practitioners on practices and experiences with the committals system as they relate to the inquiry’s terms of reference.

We strongly encourage practitioners to attend to contribute their views.

The meetings will be held at:

  • 19 August 2019 at Shepparton: The offices of Dawes & Vary Riordan, 159 Welsford Street, Shepparton at 4pm
  • 22 August 2019 at Morwell: Morwell Justice Service Centre, 25 Ann Street Morwell at 1pm
  • 26 August 2019 at Geelong: VLA Geelong, 199 Moorabool Street Geelong at 1pm.

Please RSVP to committals@lawreform.vic.gov.au before the meeting date.

The meetings are estimated to run for approximately 90 minutes.

More information

More information about the review including the Terms of Reference and Issues Paper can be found on the VLRC’s website.

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