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Committal mention hearing

    (1)     At a committal mention hearing, the Magistrates' Court may—

S. 125(1)(a) amended by No. 68/2009 s. 13.

        (a)     immediately determine the committal proceeding in accordance with section 141, 142 or 143;

        (b)     offer a summary hearing or determine an application for a summary hearing in accordance with section 30;

S. 125(1)(c) amended by No. 48/2018 s. 26(1).

        (c)     subject to subsection (1A), hear and determine an application for leave to cross‑examine a witness;

S. 125(1)(d) amended by No. 48/2018 s. 26(2).

        (d)     subject to subsection (1A), fix a date for a committal hearing;

        (e)     hear and determine any objection to disclosure of material;

        (f)     fix another date for a committal mention hearing;

        (g)     make any other order or give any direction that the court considers appropriate.

S. 125(1A) inserted by No. 48/2018 s. 26(3).

    (1A)     Subsection (1)(c) and (d) do not apply to a committal mention hearing that is held in a committal proceeding to which section 123 applies.


Section 123 provides that there is to be no cross‑examination in certain sexual offence cases.

    (2)     In considering whether to fix another date for a committal mention hearing to enable the accused to obtain legal representation, the Magistrates' Court must have regard to whether the accused has made reasonable attempts to obtain legal representation.

S. 125(3) inserted by No. 42/2015 s. 19.

    (3)     In determining any objection to the disclosure of material on the ground referred to in section 45(1)(g), the Magistrates' Court, having regard to whether the accused is legally represented, may order, on any conditions specified by it, that the disclosure be made to—

        (a)     the accused's legal practitioner (but not the accused personally); or

        (b)     the accused personally.

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