This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 7 March 2019 to 3 May 2019. Below is a record of the consultation process.
We want your feedback on how effective you believe the first 12 months of the Major Indictable Reforms have been.
What is being decided?
The Summary Procedure (Indictable Offences) Amendment Act 2017 commenced on 5 March 2018 and changed the way major indictable offences progressed through the criminal justice system. One year on, the impact and effectiveness of the reforms is being reviewed by retired Supreme Court Justice, the Hon Brian Martin AO QC. Community and expert feedback is being sought to inform Mr Martin’s inquiry.
What is a major indictable offence?
Major indictable offences are the more serious crimes, such as murder, rape and robbery, and are usually the subject of a jury trial in the District or Supreme Court.
However, before the trial of a major indictable offence, there are committal proceedings in the Magistrates' Court, where a Magistrate decides whether or not there is enough evidence to warrant the matter progressing to trial.
One of the aims of the reform is to resolve serious criminal matters earlier (enabling courts, police, forensic services and prosecutors to focus resources where most needed) as well as to reduce both the number of court appearances during the committal stage and the matters in dispute.
Download the Summary Procedure (Indictable Offences) Amendment Act 2017.
Find out more about the Major Indictable Reform.
We want your feedback on how effective you believe the first 12 months of the reform has been, and how it has impacted the community and the state’s criminal justice system.
Email your feedback to: MIRreview@sa.gov.au
How can your input influence the decision?
Your input will help us review the impact of the reforms.
What are the next steps?
A report will be prepared for the Attorney-General later this year.
For more details or questions