The Court undertakes about 120 weeks of circuit hearings each year.
The Court endeavours to finalise most circuit matters within 12 months of committal. In order to achieve this outcome, the Court will endeavour to allocate trial dates at the first appearance in the District Court, or as soon thereafter as is practicable. The Court also endeavours to minimise any disparity in service levels and timeliness as between circuit and metropolitan matters.
The Court’s practices for circuit hearings in criminal matters is set out in Circular to Practitioners CRIM 2010/3, Circuit Hearings.
The Court has also established a remote witness room for video links in the District Court Building. This can be used for circuit trials to obviate the need for a witness to travel to the circuit locations. The room number is 123 and is located on the first floor, adjacent to Court 1.1. The District Court Building video link room can be booked using the usual Video Link Booking Request form.
The Court presently conducts circuit trial listing hearings (TLHs) by videolink to Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, Carnarvon, South Hedland, Karratha, Broome, Derby and Kununurra. Circuit TLHs commence at 9:15 am.
Counsel for the prosecution and defence based in Perth participate in proceedings in person in the courtroom at Perth. Counsel for the defence based in the country appear in person in a courtroom at the circuit location.
Generally, accused persons on bail and represented by counsel will answer their bail by reporting at the local courthouse in the circuit location. An accused may answer their bail at a location other than the courthouse at which they were bailed to appear. To do so, their lawyer will need to comply with the procedures set out in Practice Direction CRIM 1 of 2008, Appearances by Accused at Alternate Venues. Accused persons in custody that are required by Counsel to participate in the TLH do so by videolink from the prison.
Last updated: 16-Feb-2017
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