Online hearings remain a relatively new phenomenon, and present a confronting and novel experience for judicial officers and participants. The following materials outline some tips on how to run online hearings:

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    Judge Alone Trial Proceedings

    This document examines the legislation on the running of a judge alone trial, and issues concerning adequacy of reasons, directions and warnings, and judicial practice in the conduct of a criminal judge alone trial.
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    Judge Alone Trial Applications

    Learn about legislative amendments that regulate when a judge alone trial may be held, and the relevant factors a court must consider in determining whether to grant a trial by judge alone.
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COVID-19 has had a substantial impact on all aspects of Australian life, with the impacts on the legal system continuing to unfold. Here, you can access three groups of COVID-19 jurisprudence which discuss the impact of the pandemic on areas of law and court procedure:

  • Criminal law – covering bail, judge alone trials, sentencing, and more
  • Civil law – covering contracts, employment law, property, torts, and more
  • Court procedure – covering evidence law, appellate procedure, conduct of hearings, open justice, and more.

Our information on the impact of the Coronavirus on court operations is designed to help the courts, tribunals and their users understand the different practices that have been put in place across the jurisdictions within Victoria, federally, and the various states and territories. While we frequently update this information, we encourage you to visit each jurisdiction’s websites for the most up-to-date information about their practices.