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Wednesday, 2 November 1904

Mr CHANTER (Riverina) - I should like the' Treasurer to explain the item " Defence of prisoners, £100."

Sir GEORGE TURNER - Under the Judiciary Act, provision is made for the defence of certain prisoners who have no means of their own. If a prisoner desires to have counsel assigned to him, application must be made to a Judge of the High Court, who has power to direct that his defence shall be conducted at the expense of the Crown. A case of this kind has already occurred in Victoria, in connexion with a prosecution under the Electoral Act. Application was made for the defence of the prisoner at the cost of the Crown, and the Judge, holding that the person charged was without means, granted the request. The Victorian practice was for the Crown to provide defence for a person charged with a capital offence who had not the money to defend himself. This goes considerably further.

Mr Chanter - Does the right honorable gentleman think that £100 will be of any assistance?

Sir GEORGE TURNER - That is the estimate of the Department.

Mr Chanter - The Department has not had much experience.

Sir GEORGE TURNER - I do not think there will be many cases. They will all be strictly investigated.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Division 16 (Crown Solicitor's Office), £2,077; division 17 (High Court), £5,385 ; agreed to.

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