A committal hearing is a hearing conducted in the Local Court to determine whether or not an accused person should be committed to stand trial.
The importance of a committal hearing, where appropriate, cannot be overstated.
Whether to hold a committal hearing or not is a question that should be left to an accredited criminal law specialist or at the very least a solicitor with considerable experience in criminal law. The question is answered based on experience, the contents of the brief of evidence, and the desired outcome of a committal hearing.
A committal hearing can be used for the purpose of having the charges dismissed and the accused person discharged without the need to go to trial by jury; or to gather evidence so that the accused person gets a fair trial; or to gather evidence to determine whether it is appropriate to continue to defend the matter or alternatively make application for a No Bill application to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
If you are charged with a matter that is strictly indictable or a table 1 offence – (or if you do not know what that means!) then you should seek immediate advice about whether application should be made for a committal hearing.
There is no right to have a committal hearing – application must be made that satisfies the legislative requirements applicable.
Contact our accredited criminal law specialist – accredited by the Law Society for immediate and accurate advice on your matter. You can contact our urgent advice line or our Sydney office or Parramatta Office and speak to a criminal defence solicitor.
We attend Courts all over NSW – go to Courts That We Attend for a full list of the courts we attend. We also accept legal aid assignments for criminal trial matters. Even if your matter is in a country or rural location, having one of our experts appear for you could make the difference to the outcome – in addition, you might want a criminal lawyer who is not part of your local community and is totally independent of to look after your matter. Call us immediately.