A new Guide to Commonwealth offences dealt with in state magistrates’ courts has been added to all By Lawyers Criminal publications.
This helpful new commentary and additional precedents will assist practitioners in advising and representing clients charged with offences under the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) and the Commonwealth Criminal Code.
The new commentary sets out the procedure for summary and indictable Commonwealth charges in state courts, from bail considerations to sentencing.
The possible sentencing options are covered in detail and there is a very useful table of the Commonwealth offences most frequently encountered in state magistrates’ courts.
New precedents include:
- Example written submissions in support of an application for discharge of an offender without proceeding to conviction; and
- Letter to client after sentence – providing for various outcomes.
All existing Retainer Instructions for criminal and bail matters in the respective state Criminal Guides have been enhanced to include Commonwealth offences.
The new Guide to Commonwealth offences can be found in the Related Guides drop-down menu of the Legal Guides tab.