The Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (the Act) includes 5 stages:
The main components of this stage are:
Part 2 of the Act sets out the commencement of proceedings and preliminary steps, with 2 subparts:
Part 3 of the Act sets out the procedure before trial, with 8 subparts, 2 of which are particularly relevant to the admin stage:
The Criminal Procedure Rules 2012 (the Rules) includes rules covering:
The Rules also include requirements for parties to
This stage begins following a 'not guilty' plea:
Part 3 of the Act includes the procedure that may occur during the review stage. This includes the following subparts:
The Rules include rules relating to the content and filing of the case management memorandum (CMM), the information that must be given to an unrepresented defendant instead of a CMM, and the timeframe between entering a not guilty plea and the case review hearing.
The trial stage allows for parties to apply for a pre-trial admissibility hearing for a judge-alone trial. For a jury trial, trial callover memoranda (TCMs), trial callover and pre-trial applications are all covered.
Part 3 of the Act includes the following subparts are relevant to the trial stage:
Part 4 of the Act sets out the procedure for the trial, including 3 subparts:
The Rules includes rules relating to the timeframe
The Rules also set out additional information that must be included in TCMs and the information that must be given to an unrepresented defendant instead of a TCM.
Rule 5.9 sets out the procedure for commencing a jury trial.
The Act does not specify the procedure for sentencing hearings although it does prohibit sentencing of category 2, 3 and 4 offences taking place in the absence of the defendant.
The appeal stage includes retrials, rehearings, correction of erroneous sentences and appeals.
Part 5 of the Act sets out the provisions for retrials and rehearings, and provisions relating to the correction of erroneous sentences.
Part 6 of the Act sets out the subparts relating to appeals:
Part 8 of the Rules includes rules for appeals to a District Court and to the High Court.
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