purposes of committal proceedings

Purposes of Committal Proceedings
see whether charge for an indictable offence is appropriate to be heard + determined summarily
- increases access by ensuring weak cases don't further contribute to congestion in courts > preserves resources of court + personnel
determine whether there is enough evidence to support a conviction for the offence charged
discover whether the accused plans to plead guilty/not guilty
ensures a fair trial
- prosecution's case is disclosed to accused
- enables accused to hear/read evidence + cross examine witnesses
- allows accused to adequately construct + prepare + present case
- makes sure issues are clearly defined
- upholds fairness + equality
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