Video links in Magistrates’ Courts On 20 April 2015 the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria commenced a Video Conference Project at Melbourne and the metropolitan courts. This has two phases.

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see url Essentially all custodial clients for most matters (other than contested hearings and committals) will appear by videolink unless otherwise requested by the instructing solicitors or counsel prior to the court date.

In simple terms it reverses the previous status quo. Where once every client was remanded to appear in court unless a videolink was requested, now clients will appear via videolink unless a request is made for the client to come to court. The court has put in place time frames for these requests and it is strongly recommended that counsel read the attached “Information for the Legal Profession” and “Children’s Court Project Guidelines.” This phase will impact the manner in which counsel can obtain instructions on the day of the hearing.

Some provision is made to allow counsel to speak to their client immediately before and after the hearing. Counsel will be able to use their mobile phone outside the courtroom (in private) – see paragraph 20. of the “Information for the Legal Profession.” The effect, however, of the introduction of this phase emphasizes the need for early preparation. Where counsel is/are briefed at the last minute issues may arise due to the inability to obtain instructions. If so, could counsel please email Michelle Mykytowycz on Feedback of any kind is also welcome because this phase will have some impact in the Magistrates’ and Children’s Court jurisdictions.

Phase 2:

The anticipated start date for this phase is the end of June 2015.

Essentially counsel (and solicitors) will be able to have video-conferences with their client using their mobile devices, ipads, desktops etc. It will involve the downloading of a free app (which is yet to be finalised). The benefits of this to counsel will be enormous as it will remove the necessity for gaol visits in many instances. Whilst not yet finalised, it is anticipated the video-conferencing times will extend up to 7pm. Once again, counsel are urged to read the two attachments for more detailed information.

MCV Media Release about Video Conference project

CCV VC Project Guidelines – v1.0

MCV Video Conference Project – Information for legal profession v1.0

Victorian Human Rights Charter Case Collection

The Judicial College of Victoria has published a new resource – the Charter Case Collection.

Developed in collaboration with the Supreme Court of Victoria, this new publication draws together over 70 published decisions on Charter issues from 2007 to 2014.

The collection includes summaries of all significant Charter cases from the Supreme Court of Victoria with a description of the factual issues, area of law, cause of action, and a thorough account of the Charter arguments and the outcome.

The collection is fully indexed by individual Charter right or section and contains any relevant appeal information. This resource will be updated continually as new Charter cases are heard by the Supreme Court.

This is an essential resource for anyone engaged with Charter arguments in the courts.


New Baseline Sentencing Information published by SAC

The Sentencing Advisory Council has published new information on baseline sentencing. For each of the seven baseline offences, the Council has created a table of information that identifies (and provides links to) published cases containing a charge of a baseline offence that has been sentenced on, or around, the median value. The information is available on the Council’s website.

New Magistrates Court Practice Directions

The Magistrates Court has issued two new practice directions: Practice Direction 3 of 2015 provides directions about the usual way in which contest mention hearings will be conducted. This Practice Direction commences on 1 May 2015.

triangoli in opzioni binarie Practice Direction 4 of 2015 provides directions concerning the fast tracking of criminal offences arising out of family violence incidents listed at Broadmeadows or Shepparton Magistrates’ Court. This Practice Direction commences on 1 May 2015.

New County Court Criminal Division Practice Note

The Criminal Division of the County Court has completed the first stage of a major revision of what was the County Court Criminal Procedure Practice Note.

The first revision is contained in the new County Court Criminal Division Practice Note PNCR 1-2015 and it replaces what was PNCR 2-2010.

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The new Practice Note has been restructured to mirror the ordinary progress of a criminal proceeding through the County Court.

Within the Practice Note all references to prescribed forms, websites, and contact emails have been hyperlinked so practitioners can access all these documents directly from the Practice Note.

The second stage of the major revision will involve consultation with the profession in terms of areas for inclusion and revision and will be finalised in the latter half of 2015.

It is intended that the Practice Note will now be a clear, concise and collaborative document.

The major changes in the new Practice Note are:

  • see Contact point: Criminal Registry are now the single point of contact regarding any proceeding in the court rather than Associates.
  • click here eLodgement: Requirements to file documents via eLodgement and the relevant exceptions (Chapter 1)
  • go Plea Hearings: New filing requirements in relation to Plea Hearings which require parties to address baseline offences and minimum non-parole periods where applicable (Chapter 5)