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Judge Alone Trial Applications

The College’s new resource Judge Alone Trial Applications reviews recent amendments to the Criminal Procedure Act that for the first time in Victoria, and for a brief six-month period, allow for certain criminal trials to be held before a judge alone without a jury. 

The resource surveys existing case-law from other jurisdictions that highlights the relevant factors a court must consider in determining whether or not to grant a trial by judge alone under the new emergency legislation introduced as a response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

More resources about the running of judge alone trials will be added in due course.