The following Practice Direction is published by direction of the Chief Justice, the Honourable Justice Underwood AO, to take effect from 1 February 2008.
REQUESTS FOR PRELIMINARY PROCEEDINGS ORDERS:
The Chief Justice and the Judges of the Supreme Court have determined that unless otherwise advised by a Judge:
Counsel intending to seek a preliminary proceedings order are to give notice of that intention not less than 7 days prior to the directions hearing in which the request will be made.
Such notice must be filed with the Supreme Court and delivered to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, or, where the DPP is the applicant, to the accused’s legal representative.
Such notice must also be sent electronically1 to the relevant registry of the Supreme Court.
A notice of intention to request a preliminary proceedings order must include the following information:
a) The name of the accused, the relevant complaint number or numbers and the date of the committal order.
b) The information required by section 331B of the Criminal Code 1924 including:
i. the names of the witnesses sought to be questioned;
ii. the matter or matters in respect of which each witness is to be questioned; and
iii. a brief statement of the reasons why the evidence of those witnesses is relevant to that matter;
iv. in cases where the witness is an affected person within the meaning of the Justices Act 1959, a brief statement of the exceptional circumstances upon which the application will rely.
c) An estimate of the hearing time necessary for the preliminary proceeding.
d) A draft of the orders that the applicant wishes the court to make2.
After delivery of a notice of an intention to request a preliminary proceedings order and before the directions hearing, the accused’s legal representative and Crown Counsel are to confer to identify areas of agreement or disagreement with respect to the request, and identify a tentative date upon which, and the place at which, the preliminary proceedings can be heard3.
Unless otherwise advised by the registry of the Supreme Court the notice should be emailed to the relevant registry of the Court and the email addresses are:
A suggested form for the requested orders is as follows: