The new law, which was cautiously welcomed by the state Criminal Bar Association, puts Victoria in line with other states that already have judge-only trials as a permanent option.
- Felicity Gerry QC
- The Conversation
The ACT also passed an emergency bill last week approving judge-only trials temporarily.
In Victoria and other states, there is a requirement for the accused person to consent to such a trial.
The new ACT law, however, allows a…