Communtity Law Manual | Criminal Courts | The lead-up to the trial: Pre-trial processes

The lead-up to the trial: Pre-trial processes

Overview

With the introduction of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 from 1 July 2013, court procedures have been streamlined so that if the defendant has pleaded not guilty, the case will usually proceed to a trial without any preliminary hearing before a judge.

Under the new “case review” procedure in the Act, the defence and the prosecution jointly file a “Case Management Memorandum” with the court, and the court registrar considers whether this memorandum raises issues that need to go before a judge before the trial. If not, then on the case review date the registrar simply adjourns the case to the trial date or, if there's to be jury trial, until a “jury trial callover” (see below, “Jury trial callovers”).

New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, s 24(d)

Note: If you've been charged with a crime and have pleaded not guilty, you have the right under New Zealand's Bill of Rights to have adequate time and facilities to prepare your defence. The Criminal Procedure Act contains specific rules about how much time there will be between the different steps in the criminal court process (see below).

Next Section | Case reviews
back to top

During the Covid 19 response, most Community Law Centres are still giving free legal support by phone and/or online.

Please find the contact details of your nearest Community Law Centre here to access their services.

We’re updating legal rights information during COVID 19 response right now and will have that information available on our website soon. Watch this space.

For now, you will also find out useful information on our Community Law Manual Facebook page.

The distribution of resources from our Online Bookshop are on hold until further notice.

Page Reader Press Enter to Read Page Content Out LoudPress Enter to Pause or Restart Reading Page Content Out LoudPress Enter to Stop Reading Page Content Out LoudScreen Reader Support