The first directions hearing will usually be on a Friday. It will usually be held 6 weeks after the proceedings were commenced and the order was made. It will be conducted by the List Judge, in a court in the Court’s building at 225 Macquarie Street, Sydney. The location of the Court and the precise time of the day when the directions hearing will occur will be shown on the
Court Lists posted on a notice board in the foyer of the building and on the Court’s website under
Court Lists in the afternoon of the day before the directions hearing.
The Sydney Morning Herald may also (but does not always) publish the Court Lists on the morning of the date set for the directions hearing.
The defendant should advise the Court whether the defendant is in a position and is willing to enter a plea of not guilty or guilty to the offence charged in the order and, if so, enter the plea.
The prosecutor and the defendant are to advise the Court of the time by which notice of the prosecution case is to be given under
s 247E and notice of the defence response is to be given under
s 247F of the
Criminal Procedure Act.
The prosecutor and the defendant are to hand to the Court an agreed or their own versions of a minute of the directions they propose the Court should make, including:
The List Judge will make directions orally, including fixing times for various notices to be given and dates for any preliminary hearings or preliminary conferences that might be ordered as well as a date for the second directions hearing. It is important that the parties record the directions the List Judge makes. A written copy of the directions made is not usually sent to the parties.