The Victorian Law Reform Commission is currently reviewing committal and pre-trial procedure in indictable criminal matters. The Commission has published an Issues Paper for this review.

The Commission is asked to consider whether Victoria should maintain, abolish, replace or reform the present committal system, as well as best practice for supporting victims and means of reducing trauma to victims and witnesses.

Regional consultations

The Commission is holding consultations in the Goulburn Valley, the La Trobe Valley and Geelong, which are important opportunities for regional practitioners to contribute to this review.

The details of the consultations are:

Goulburn Valley
Monday 19 August 2019, 4.00 – 5.30pm,
The offices of Dawes & Vary Riordan
159 Welsford Street, Shepparton
RSVP: 16 August 2019

La Trobe Valley
Thursday 22 August 2019, 1.00 – 2.30pm,
Brataualang Program Rooms, Morwell Justice Centre
25 Ann Street, Morwell
RSVP: 20 August 2019

Geelong and Western District
Monday 26 August 2019, 1.00 – 2.30pm
The offices of Victoria Legal Aid
Level 2, 199 Moorabool Street, Geelong
RSVP: 22 August 2019

If you wish to attend please RSVP to

Light refreshments will be served.

The Commission published an issues paper on 24 June 2019, including a call for submissions. Submissions are invited by 16 August 2019.

Download the issues paper from the link below.

The due date for the Commission to deliver its report is 31 March 2020.

Make an online submission.



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Final report
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Project Publications

Committals: Issues Paper (pdf and Word)

The Victorian Law Reform Commission invites input on its review of the committals process. It has published an issues paper to assist with responses...

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Terms of reference: Committals

[Referral to the Victorian Law Reform Commission pursuant to section 5(1)(a) of the Victorian Law Reform Commission Act 2000 (Vic) on 24 October 2018...

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