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Project 4 - Committal proceedings

Project No. 4

Commenced: 1968
Completed: 1970

The reference arose from a growing perception that certain problems frequently attended the conduct of committal proceedings.

The movement for reform of committal proceedings began in 1962 when the Solicitor General made a number of recommendations for improvement of the existing system. Concerns about the conduct of committal proceedings were later echoed by the Chief Crown Prosecutor, the Senior Stipendiary Magistrate and the Commissioner of Police. The issue was referred to the Committee as part of its first reform programme.

Terms of Reference

In 1968 the Committee was asked to consider whether any alterations were desirable in the procedures for the conduct of preliminary enquiries and committal proceedings and the publication of reports thereof.


The Committee’s recommendations were implemented in 1976 when Parliament passed the Justices Act Amendment Act 1976 (WA).

Last updated: 31-Jan-2017

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