The filing of a direct indictment commences a criminal proceeding.
Notes to s. 161 amended by No. 68/2009 s. 51(zf).
1 See the definition of "direct indictment" in section 3. This includes an indictment filed after the Magistrates' Court declines to commit an accused for trial in respect of the offence charged in the indictment or a related offence.
2 A criminal proceeding may also be commenced—
(a) in accordance with section 6; or
(b) by a direction under section 415 that a person be tried for perjury.