61 Giving sentence indication

(1)

A court may give a sentence indication, but only at the request of the defendant made before the trial.

(2)

Subject to subsection (3), if the defendant requests a sentence indication the court may give one if it is satisfied that the information available to it at that time is sufficient for that purpose.

(3)

Without limiting the information that the court may require before giving a sentence indication, the court must have the following information before giving a sentence indication of a kind described in section 60(c):

(a)

a summary of the facts on which the sentence indication is to be given, agreed on by the prosecutor and the defendant; and

(b)

information as to any previous conviction of the defendant; and

(c)

a copy of any victim impact statement that has been prepared in relation to the offence concerned under the Victims’ Rights Act 2002.