Court Process

Media Attention on a Criminal Case With No Suppression Orders

Open Justice is Not Absolute – Media Reporting of Criminal Cases: Anonymity, Pseudonyms and Suppression Orders

Open Justice is Not Absolute – Media Reporting of Criminal Cases: Anonymity, Pseudonyms and Suppression Orders For many people charged with a criminal offence, one of their biggest concerns is media attention. Criminal cases are widely reported on many media...

Beyond Reasonable Doubt (Criminal) vs. Balance of Probabilities (Civil)

Beyond Reasonable Doubt (Criminal) vs. Balance of Probabilities (Civil) When a person is charged with a criminal offence, they are only guilty if the prosecution can prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubt. This is known as the “criminal standard of...

Sentencing Indication

Sentence Indication in the Magistrates’ Court – What are They and How are They Used?

Sentence Indication in the Magistrates’ Court – What are They and How are They Used? A person accused of a criminal offence heard in the Magistrates’ Court can apply for a ‘sentence indication’ under the Criminal Procedure Act. A sentence...

Melbourne Magistrates' Court

What is a Contest Mention?

What is a Contest Mention? You may have heard your lawyer refer to your matter ‘proceeding to contest mention hearing’. A ‘summary contest’ is what we call a ‘trial’ in the Magistrates’ Court. The summary contest is heard by a...

Justice Scale

Committal Mention Hearings

Committal Mention Hearings A committal mention hearing is one of the first hearings you will need to attend if you have been charged with an indictable offence and there is a potential for your case to go to a jury...