Standing Committee on Law and Justice



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SubjectsParliamentary Committees: New South Wales: Law and Justice; Law Courts; Evidence
SpeakersRobertson The Hon Christine
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    STANDING COMMITTEE ON LAW AND JUSTICE
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    The Hon. CHRISTINE ROBERTSON: According to paragraph 6 of the resolution establishing standing committees dated 21 May 2003, as amended on 25 June 2003, I wish to inform the House that the Standing Committee on Law and Justice has received the following reference from the Attorney General, and Minister for the Environment:

    That the Committee inquire and report on:

    1. The provisions of the Criminal Procedure Amendment (Pre-Trial Disclosure) Act 2001, together with the system of pre-trial disclosure in New South Wales including:

    (a) the frequency and type of pre-trial disclosure orders made in the Supreme Court and District Court;

    (b) the rate of compliance with pre-trial disclosure requirements by:

    (i) legally aided defendants,
    (ii) privately funded defendants,
    (iii) police,
    (iv) the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions;

    (c) the impact of pre-trial disclosure requirements on unrepresented defendants;

    (d) the effect of pre-trial disclosure requirements on court delays and waiting times in the Supreme Court, District Court and the Court of Criminal Appeal;

    (e) the effect of pre-trial disclosure requirements on the doctrine of the right to silence;

    (f) the effect of pre-trial disclosure requirements on the doctrine of the presumption of innocence;

    (g) the effect of pre-trial disclosure requirements on the doctrine of the burden of proof resting with the prosecution; and

    (h) any other matter arising out of or incidental to these terms of reference.

    2. That the Committee inquire and report within three years of the date of commencement of the Act, namely, by 18 November 2004.