Criminal Trial

Jurors on a Trial By Jury

Trial By Media or Trial By Jury?

Trial By Media or Trial By Jury? The merit in retaining Judge alone trials in Victoria The discharge of a jury in a recent high profile rape trial in the Supreme Court of the ACT has served to highlight the...

Wine

The verdict on jury trials

The verdict on jury trials Jury trials have been given a significant amount of media attention recently. The High Court’s quashing of George Pell’s conviction has led many to question not just the utility of trials by jury but also...

Man Who Received Restraining Orders Under the Victorian Confiscation Act

The right to silence

The right to silence I was surprised to come across an online article on the ABC news website this morning which reported a murder trial in Western Australia. The article is titled – ‘Accused Claremont Serial Killer Bradley Edwards shocks...

Magistrates' Court

Got charged for the first time? Don’t go it alone.

Got charged for the first time? Don’t go it alone. Have you been charged for the first time? A person’s first interaction with the criminal justice system can be daunting. I once read the Magistrates’ Court described as the ‘legal...

Gavel and Books

The VLRC review of contested committals

The VLRC review of contested committals The criminal justice system is in the midst of another major review. The focus is on the contested committal system, an important part of any criminal trial. The Victorian government has tasked the Victorian...