Our client was charged with a serious indictable offence – Intentionally Inflicting Grievous Bodily Harm – on her partner by stabbing him.
As such, the proceedings in the Local Court were committal proceedings.
Our client claimed self-defence (which would mean she was not guilty) but there was other evidence to suggest that she was not acting in self-defence.
The prosecution indicated they would only accept a plea of guilty to the serious charge, meaning she would be sentenced in the District Court (jail was a very real possibility).
We made a successful application (s.91) for the main prosecution witness (other than the person stabbed) to be cross-examined at committal in the Local Court.
Shortly after, the prosecution withdrew the main charge but insisted that a lesser charge be heard in the Local Court as a summary hearing. This charge was ultimately dismissed after a summary hearing.
"He's got a very good tactical mind and is good with strategy ... great advocacy and comes to grips with the evidence."