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Senator Durack said the regulations would make corrections and improvements to the procedures for

appeals to the Family Court and provide for the

procedure for stating a case for the opinion of the Full Court of the Family Court.

The new fees will apply from next Monday - 3 October 1977 - while the other changes will take effect from 1 November 1977.

Canberra 29 September 1977

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PETTY SESSIONS ORDINANCE AMENDED

The Attorney-General, Senator Peter Durack, today announced a reform in the law of the Australian Capital Territory regarding committal proceedings. .

He said an amendment had been made to the Court of Petty Sessions Ordinance of the A.C.T. to allow Magistrates to excuse people.not in custody from attending committal for trial proceedings, provided

they were legally represented.

The Attorney-General said that the amendment was basically similar to amendments made to the New South Wales Justices Act by the New South Wales

Parliament in 1971.

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At present in the A.C.T., people facing

committal proceedings were required to be in the court during the taking of evidence, even though they were

legally represented. In future, as in New South Wales,

the magistrate would have power to excuse their attendance.

If, after all the evidence for the

prosecution had been given, the Magistrate was

satisfied that a prima facie case had been made out, the Magistrate would be required to direct the

informant to give to the accused person a notice requiring him to attend.

The Attorney-General. added that, unlike New South Wales, the A.C.T. amendment would apply not only where persons were charged jointly but also where a

person was charged individually.

Canberra 6 October 1977 64/77

INSTITUTE OF CRIMINOLOGY SEMINAR

ADDRESS BY THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL, SENATOR PETER DURACK

Mr Chairman, Mr Marshall, Mr Clifford, Mr Mahony, Ladies and Gentlemen, .

. I am very,_ pleased to have the opportunity of being present, today and .to welcome all of you