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Purposes of a committal proceeding

    The purposes of a committal proceeding are—

        (a)     to determine whether a charge for an offence is appropriate to be heard and determined summarily;

        (b)     to determine whether there is evidence of sufficient weight to support a conviction for the offence charged;

        (c)     to determine how the accused proposes to plead to the charge;

        (d)     to ensure a fair trial, if the matter proceeds to trial, by—

              (i)     ensuring that the prosecution case against the accused is adequately disclosed in the form of depositions;

              (ii)     enabling the accused to hear or read the evidence against the accused and to cross-examine prosecution witnesses;

              (iii)     enabling the accused to put forward a case at an early stage if the accused wishes to do so;

              (iv)     enabling the accused to adequately prepare and present a case;

              (v)     enabling the issues in contention to be adequately defined.

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