This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This order brings into force, on 29 June 2009, the Summary Proceedings Amendment Act (No 2) 2008, except sections 2, 3, 8 to 11, 13, and 14 (which are already in force).
The Summary Proceedings Amendment Act (No 2) 2008 amends the Summary Proceedings Act 1957, making a number of miscellaneous changes to criminal procedure as well as changing the procedure for committing defendants to trial. Under the new committal regime for indictable criminal proceedings, preliminary hearings are replaced with a new standard committal procedure, which involves presentation of evidence in written form and automatic committal for trial. A committal hearing may be held if the court grants an oral evidence order on the application of either party. The changes to committal procedure have been made in conjunction with the codification of criminal disclosure requirements in the Criminal Disclosure Act 2008.