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The future of committals

Proceedings of a conference held 1-2 May 1990

Julia Vernon (ed)
ISBN 0 642 16345 6 ISSN 1034-5086
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, January 1991


Legislative initiatives to change the committal process are being considered by several Australian states. The papers at this conference summarise the debate surrounding committal hearings, presenting a number of different viewpoints. The papers consider whether committal hearings should be abolished and whether they take up too much court time, exacerbating delays in the criminal justice system. Some papers also examine whether committal hearings provide an effective mechanism for the early identification of guilty pleas and for filtering out weak cases.