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Benchbook and resource updates

The College has made significant updates to our Benchbooks and resources to assist your work: 

Victorian Sentencing Manual
The chapter on Manslaughter has been updated to include changes to the maximum penalties and the new offence of homicide by firearm. Similarly, the chapter on Mandatory imprisonment schemes has been updated to reflect changes made by the Sentencing Amendment (Emergency Worker Harm) Act 2020 (Vic).

Criminal Charge Book 
We have removed warnings about the possible effect of Aubrey v The Queen (2017) 260 CLR 305, following the guidance from DPP Reference No 1 of 2009 [2020] VSCA 181

Key Bail Act Cases
This summary of significant cases following the 2018 reforms is consistently maintained to reflect developments in the common law, including those related to the pandemic and otherwise.

Judge Alone Trial Proceedings
This newly developed work has been updated to incorporate guidance from Victoria’s first such trial, DPP (Vic) v Bui [2020] VCC 1063.

COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act 2020
Our high level summary of this legislation has been updated to incorporate newly promulgated regulations.

More than ever, in these anxiety provoking times, the Judicial College continues to ensure our range of educational materials are comprehensive, authoritative and current to support the judiciary and legal profession in their work. Stay tuned to our website for more updates.