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The heavy burden of judge alone trials

It is important to be mindful of the heavy burden that being both the judge and the jury will entail. Reach out to colleagues for support.

Justice Lucy McCallum, Judge Alone Trials: A NSW Judge’s Reflections

Criminal judge alone trials are a significant change to Victorian criminal procedure, introduced in response to the novel coronavirus.

Our new Judge Alone Trial Proceedings discusses relevant legislation and issues concerning adequacy of reasons, directions and warnings, and judicial practice in the conduct of a criminal judge alone trial.

This publication was developed in collaboration with the County Court of Victoria, and the College thanks the Court for its assistance.

The Judicial College continues to update and maintain our range of Coronavirus Resources, including on jurisprudence, emergency laws, court operational updates, wellbeing and courtcraft.