Status: passed Parliament
The Bill was initiated to remedy some unintended consequences of major indictable reforms introduced by the Summary Procedure (Indictable Offences) Amendment Act 2017. The legislation impacts on the procedures related to all major indictable matters as they progress through the criminal justice system.
The key matters resolved include:
- restoring a provision related to the procedure when pleading guilty in writing
- addressing unintentional exposure to cost orders in what has historically been a 'no-costs' jurisdiction
- resolving the unintentional re-instatement of previously repealed provisions related to 'discreditable conduct notices'
- easing any onerous stipulations requiring defendants to sign case statements only in the presence of their legal representative.