Delay in the Administration of Criminal Justice

Commonwealth Developments and Experience

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Curtailing Committal Proceedings

Committal proceedings or preliminary inquiries occur between an accused's first appearance in court charged with an indictable offence and the actual trial of the case against him, and can often represent a full scale dress rehearsal of at least the prosecution's case. The time taken to dispose of serious criminal charges could be curtailed if this repetition were eliminated.


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