Title

Inspiring or undermining confidence? Amendments to the right to judge alone trials in the ACT

Date of this Version

1-1-2011

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Published Version

O'Leary, J. (2011). Inspiring or undermining confidence? Amendments to the right to judge alone trials in the ACT. Canberra Law Review, 10(3), 30-48.

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2011 HERDC submission. FoR code: 180114, 180110, 180120

© Copyright University of Canberra, 2011

ISSN

1320-6702

Abstract

Extract:

On 23 June 1964, a patent was granted for the Hula Hoop.1 The same date in 2011 saw another full circle, this time by the Australian Capital Territory (‘ACT’) Parliament. This day marked the passage of legislation in the ACT which removed the right to trial by judge alone in the Territory for those charged with particular serious offences, returning instead to a requirement for jury trials. Discussing the Criminal Proceedings Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 (ACT) (‘the Bill’), the Attorney General of the ACT Simon Corbell expressed the Government’s belief that ‘criminal justice can only be further strengthened by reaffirming the importance of jury trials for serious criminal matters.’

 

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