The Victorian Law Reform Commission is currently reviewing committal and pre-trial procedures in indictable criminal matters. We have been asked by the Attorney-General to consider whether Victoria should maintain, abolish, replace or reform the present committal system, taking into account the best practice for supporting victims, processes which might reduce trauma to victims and witnesses, and to ensure procedural fairness for the accused.

Initiated in October 2018, the inquiry published an Issues Paper on 24 June 2019 that including a call for submissions. More than two dozen submissions were recieved by the closing date and most are published on this website.

For a comprehensive grasp of the issues, you can click below to download the Issues Paper, read the public submissions, or listen to our Old Law, New Law podcast.

The Commission will deliver its report on 31 March 2020.


Current: Final report

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Committals - Submissions

The Commission received the following submissions to its review of the commital process. You can read each public submission via the links below....

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Committals: Issues Paper (pdf and Word)

The Victorian Law Reform Commission is currently reviewing the committals process. The Commission has been asked by the state government to review...

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Terms of reference: Committals

On 24 October 2018, the Victorian Law Reform Commission was asked to review Victoria's committal system and report back to the Attorney-General by 31...

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