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Defence Disclosure in ACT

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May 22, 2015

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The ACT Government has proposed a revamp of court procedures that have the potential to impact heavily upon a citizen’s right to a fair trial. The proposals require an accused person to: Tell the Prosecution what legal and factual issues the accused person has with the Prosecution’s expert evidence. Give the Prosecution advance notice of the expert reports that the accused person may seek to use at trial. While noting that such a change might be justified on the basis of avoiding delay and noting also it would be easy to […]


Written Notice of Pleading

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May 11, 2015

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Police officers issue offenders with Written Notice of Pleading forms for certain offences. The little yellow slip is routinely given to offenders charged with possess prohibited drug, drink driving offences, less serious assaults or other traffic offences. Written Notices of Pleading are forms that people charged with offences can send to the court instead of having to attend in person. Essentially, the form asks a person to indicate to the court whether they are pleading guilty or not guilty and provide the court with further information about their matter. If a […]

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