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Judge Alone Trials

Judge alone trials were introduced through amendments to the Criminal Procedure Act 2009 (Vic) 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 College has produced two resources to assist judges and practitioners navigate this new process

Judge Alone Trial Applications reviews the legislative amendments that regulate when a judge alone trial may be held, and highlights the relevant factors a court must consider in determining whether or not to grant a trial by judge alone.

Judge Alone Trial Proceedings 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.