County Court Practice Directions – review

Binary options broker arbitrage one touch Judge Hannan, the recently appointed head of the Criminal Division of the County Court, is inviting comments on the current Criminal Practice Note. As members will be aware it is long and perhaps complicated.

go Please pass any comments to Simon Moglia (or any member of the CBA committee). All comments, criticisms and suggestions will be collated and forward to the Court. The CBA meets regularly with the Court and can raise issues in informal and formal ways as appropriate. Members are encouraged to use this opportunity to raise any concern about the just and efficient operation of the list.

Risk of deportation and sentence

follow link Members may recall that the Court of Appeal in R v Guden [2010] VSCA 196 said that the likely deportation or removal from Australia of an offender can mitigate sentence. Amongst other things, it was necessary to show that the removal / deportation was likely (not just possible). However, in December 2014, the character provisions of the Migration Act were significantly amended. The amended sections provide (inter alia) for the mandatory cancellation of the visa/s held by a non-citizen who is convicted and sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 12 months or more or who is found guilty of a child based sex offence AND who is in prison at the time of the decision.  There is the right to apply for revocation of the mandatory cancellation, but that then becomes a discretionary decision, which the sentencing court should arguably ignore.

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County Court electronic document system

In April 2015 the County Court will launch an electronic document lodgement system for all criminal cases.

The new system, called eLodgement, will allow legal practitioners to lodge a number of forms and documents for criminal matters online.

For more information, the Court encourages legal practitioners to attend one of the following eLodgement briefing and training sessions held at the County Court:

• Tuesday 24 March 2015 4.30pm to 5.30pm
• Wednesday 25 March 2015 4.30pm to 5.30pm
• Tuesday 31 March 2015 4.30pm to 5.30pm
• Wednesday 1 April 2015 4.30pm to 5.30pm

Bookings can be made online here:




VLA Criminal Trial Preferred Counsel List

Entry criteria for Victoria Legal Aid’s Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List have now been published and expressions of interest are now open.

From mid-2015 only barristers who have been included on the list will be able to appear for legally aided clients in criminal trials, unless an exception is granted in advance.

Applications must be made via electronic form by Wednesday 8 April 2015.

Entry requirements and assessment guidelines are published on the VLA website, along with the expression of interest form and information on how to apply.

An information session for barristers, panel members and clerks will be held on 3 March at 4pm, Lionel Murphy Centre, 360 Queen Street. RSVP to

The Victorian Bar Indictable Crime Certificate

The Victorian Bar recently announced the establishment of the Indictable Crime Certificate (ICC) and the formation of the ICC Committee, led by The Hon Geoff Eames AM QC and The Hon Stephen Charles QC.

The ICC is a scheme for the accreditation and quality assurance of barristers undertaking indictable crime matters.

The ICC Committee has today launched the first ICC Bulletin, addressing frequently asked questions and an overview of the scheme.