A joint project with the Ministry of Justice describing and evaluating status hearings in the District Court. The study considers the purposes of status hearings, whether there is compliance with those purposes, whether there should be statutory provisions, whether features of status hearings should be extended to the indictable jurisdiction.
The Law Commission shall review the purpose and practice of status hearings in the summary jurisdiction, and in particular shall consider:
- Whether status hearings improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system;
- The role of the judiciary;
- The role of the prosecutor and of counsel for the defendant;
- The observance of the rights of defendants and victims;
- Media reporting of status hearings;
- The desirability and legitimacy of sentence indications;
- Whether there is a need for regulation, either statutory or non-statutory;
- Whether status hearings should be extended to the indictable jurisdiction.