Criminal procedure

Reference received: 17 January 1982    


​​Report 45: Criminal Procedure - Unsworn Statements of Accused Persons (PDF, 227.0 KB) [PDF, 420Kb], October 1985

Tabled in parliament: 31 October 1985

Legislative action: No legislation was required to implement this Report. However, the right to make an unsworn statement was subsequently abolished by the CrimesLegislation(Unsworn Evidence) Amendment Act 1994 (NSW) which inserted s 404A into the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) (now Criminal Procedure Act 1986 (NSW) s 31).

Research Report 48: Criminal Procedure: The Jury in a Criminal Trial (PDF, 680.2 KB) [PDF, 679Kb], March 1986

Tabled in parliament: 30 April 1986

Legislative action: Jury (Amendment) Act 1987Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1988Crimes Legislation Amendment (Procedure) Act 1997​

Judicial citation: ​Cheatle v The Queen (1993) 177 CLR 541,  562; R v Taousanis (1999) 146 ACrimR 303 (NSW SC) [7], [10], [12], [20]; Katsuno v The Queen (1999) 199 CLR 40 [97]; Wu v The Queen (1999) 199 CLR 99 [46]; R v Laws (2000) 50 NSWLR 96 [30], [31], [34]; R v MM(2004) 145 ACrimR 148 (NSW CCA) [138]; R v Lavender(2005) 218 ALR 521 (HC) [89]; R v NZ[2005] NSWCCA 278 [188]; R v Tichowitsch[2006] QCA 569 [3]; Vella v Western Australia; Jenkins v Director of Public Prosecutions [2013] NSWCA 406 [130]

Report 66: Police Powers of Detention and Investigation after Arrest (PDF, 580.9 KB) [PDF, 580Kb], December 1990

Tabled in parliament: 20 February 1991

Legislative action: Crimes Amendment (Detention After Arrest) Act 1997

Judicial citation: R v Savvas (1991) 55 ACrimR 241; R v McKinney (unreported, NSW SC, Wood J, 1 July 1993) 37; Bell v The Queen (1994) 77 ACrimR 213; R v Rondo (2001) 126 ACrimR 562 (NSWCCA), [15]; R v Day (2002) 129 ACrimR 198 (SA CCA), [48]; Norton v The Queen (No 2) (2001) 24 WAR 488 (WASCA); Kelly v The Queen(2004) 205 ALR 274 (HCA), [28]

Discussion paper​s

Discussion Paper 9: Unsworn Statements of Accused Persons, May 1980 (originally issued under Reference 13: Evidence)

Discussion Paper 12: Criminal Procedure - The Jury in a Criminal Trial (PDF, 44.6 MB), September 1985​ 

Judicial citation: Otis Elevators Pty Ltd v Zitis (1986) 5 NSWLR 171, 202; Wu v The Queen (1999) 199 CLR 99 [42]; R v PZG (2007) 171 A Crim R 62, [20] 

Discussion Paper 13: Criminal Procedure - Procedure from Charge to Trial: A General Proposal for Reform, December 1986

Discussion Paper 14: Criminal Procedure: Procedure from Charge to Trial: Specific Problems and Proposals, February 1987

Judicial citation: Barron v Attorney General (NSW) (1987) 10 NSWLR 215, 233; Aboud v Attorney General (NSW) (1987) 10 NSWLR 671, 679; Kintominas v Attorney General (NSW) (1987) 24 A Crim R 456, 462; Hilton v Hyde (NSW SC, No S18236-7/85, Hunt J, 29 April 1987, unreported), 4; R v Elshaw [1991] 3 SCR 24

Discussion Paper 16: Criminal Procedure: Police Powers of Arrest and Detention, August 1987

Judicial citation: R v Walsh (NSW, Court of Criminal Appeal, No 60257/89, 18 October 1990, unreported) per Samuels JA at 20

Research report

​Research Report 1: Criminal Procedure: The Jury in a Criminal Trial: Empirical Studies, June 1986

Judicial citation: Pahuja v The Queen (1987) 30 ACrimR 118; Cheatle v The Queen (1993) 177 CLR 541, 562

Issues paper

​Issues Paper 3: Criminal Procedure - General Introduction and Proceedings in Courts of Petty Sessions, 1982 

An Outline of the Paper was also published

​Preliminary paper

Robert L Misner, " Legislatively Mandated Speedy Trials" (1984) 8 Criminal Law Journal 17
[ A report to the New South Wales Law Reform Commission, which was made possible by a grant from the Law Foundation of New South Wales.]​

Journal article

​​J H Phillips, "The calling of expert evidence-in-chief - a new approach" (1989) 63 Australian Law Journal 545

Terms of reference

To inquire into and review the law and practice relating to criminal procedure, the conduct of criminal proceedings and matters incidental thereto; and in particular, without affecting the generality of the foregoing, to consider-

(a) the means of instituting criminal proceedings;

(b) the role and conduct of committal proceedings;

(c) pre-trial procedures in criminal proceedings;

(d) trial procedures in matters dealt with summarily or on indictment;

(e) practices and procedures relating to juries in criminal proceedings;

(f) procedures followed in the sentencing of convicted persons;

(g) appeals in criminal proceedings,

(h) the classification of criminal offences;

(i) the desirability and feasibility of codifying the law relating to criminal procedure.

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