Supplementary Order Paper No 50

No 50

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Wednesday, 2 August 2006

Criminal Procedure Bill

Proposed amendment

Chester Borrows, in Committee, to move the following amendment:

Clause 92

To omit this clause.

Explanatory note

Oral pre-trial hearings frequently remove complexities thus narrowing the issues and often shortening trials. The display of evidence often results in guilty pleas by defendants and/or accommodations by the prosecution, which may also lead to guilty pleas or withdrawals of charges. As a result there are fewer trials, trials may be shortened and the entire process streamlined. All of this would be lost if the current legislative provisions are repealed by clause 92.