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The importance of committals

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.

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