New SC trial listing protocols

go to link A new Supreme Court trial listing protocol will result in two short Supreme Court trials being listed on the same day before a trial judge . The new protocol will be considered in respect of each accused committed for trial in the Supreme Court on or after 13 July 2015 within the parameters set out below. The new protocol is in response to the Court’s experience that some matters listed as trials have resolved to a plea of guilty in close proximity to the trial date. This does not maximise the use of judicial resources and at the same time limits the capacity of the Court to reduce the overall disposition times for trials.

conocer gente ponferrada The new listing protocol will result in two short trials being listed on the same date before the trial judge within these parameters:

  • the trials will be chosen in light of past experience of the type of criminal trials that have resolved in close proximity to the trial date.
  • the type of cases that will be considered for listing in this manner will be short trials of expected duration of 5-10 days
  • longer trials and trials involving multiple defendants or numerous complex issues will not be considered for listing in this manner.

All proceedings committed to the Supreme Court Criminal Division will continue to be listed for a 24 hour Post Committal Directions Hearing pursuant to Practice Note 6 of 2014. Prior to the 24 hour Post Committal Directions Hearing the Judge will be aware of the charge against the accused,  the basic facts of the case as per the police summary and the estimated duration of the trial. In addition, wherever possible and practical, the Criminal Registry will canvass the views of the prosecutor and defence as to whether the matter is a suitable one for the application of the new listing protocol.

Upon hearing from the Crown and Defence Counsel, the presiding Judge will determine at the 24 hour Post Committal Directions Hearing whether the case is suitable to be listed alongside another case.

Where a matter is, parties  will be informed by the Judge that this is the case at the 24 hour Post Committal Directions Hearing and accordingly parties will be provided with dates for filing the indictment, crown opening and defence response.

In the event that one of the two trials listed does not resolve , and there is no other judge available to take the second listed trial, the trial will be re-listed to a later date, but no later than the date  it would have been listed before this new listing protocol came into operation. The Criminal Registry will oversee trials listed under the new listing protocol more intensely.

If you have any queries in relation to this email please do not hesitate to contact Mary Amiridis (, or Sabrina Colella, Deputy Registrar, Criminal Division  (

New legal practice laws (1 July 2015)

New national Uniform Laws (to apply at least in Victoria & NSW) commence on 1 July 2015.

New forms for fee disclosure notification & fee agreements are being prepared by the Bar and should be available before the end of June. You should refer to your clerk about precedents.

There are also changes to the Conduct Rules and CPD Rules.

A link to the new Rules of Conduct, CPD Rules and General Rules can be found at

Vale Joe Lamberti

Joseph Lamberti died peacefully last Friday.  Joe was well known to many in the criminal justice system as the founding CEO of Odyssey House in Australia.  He was instrumental in setting up the famous “shop-front” admissions counter in Greville St Prahran.  He remained an engaged and forthright figure in the rehabilitation field throughout his life.  There will be a memorial celebration at Royal Melbourne Yacht Club in St Kilda 2-5pm on 23 June 2015.  RIP Joe.

Farewell Colin Lovitt QC

The Criminal Bar Association, in conjunction with The Essoign and Foley’s List, are pleased to invite you to dinner to mark the retirement of Colin Lovitt QC.

go to site Featuring speakers: The Hon Justice Betty King, Chris Dane QC and John Silvester (The Age)

go here When: Thursday 25 June 2015 Time: 6pm – 10pm
go to site Where: The Essoign Club
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Ticket price includes 2 course menu including drinks. To book, please click the link