(1) A preliminary brief must include—
(a) a copy of the charge-sheet in respect of the alleged offence; and
(b) a notice in the form prescribed by the rules of court—
(i) explaining this section and section 84; and
(ii) explaining the importance of the accused obtaining legal representation; and
(iii) advising that the accused has the right, if eligible, to legal aid under the Legal Aid Act 1978 ; and
(iv) providing details of how to contact Victoria Legal Aid; and
(c) a statement made by the informant personally that complies with subsection (2) and section 38; and
(d) any evidentiary certificate issued under any Act that is likely to be relevant to the alleged offence and is available at the time the preliminary brief is served; and
S. 37(1)(e) amended by No. 81/2011 s. 4.
(e) a copy of the criminal record of the accused that is available at the time the preliminary brief is served or a statement that the accused has no previous convictions or infringement convictions known at that time; and
(f) if the informant refuses to disclose any information, document or thing that is required to be included in the preliminary brief, a written notice that the informant refuses disclosure under section 45, identifying the ground for refusing disclosure; and
(g) a list of any other orders that are or will be sought, as known at the time of preparation of the preliminary brief.
S. 37(2) amended by No. 6/2018 s. 68(Sch. 2 item 38.1).
(2) A statement by the informant in a preliminary brief must be a complete and accurate statement of the material available to the prosecution at the time the statement is sworn or affirmed, signed or attested and must include—
(a) a statement of the alleged facts on which the charge is based, including reference to the material available to the prosecution to support the alleged facts; and
(b) a description of the background to and consequences of the alleged offence, if known; and
(c) a summary of any statements made by the accused concerning the alleged offence, including any confession or admission; and
(d) a list of the names of all persons who, at the time the statement is signed, may be called by the prosecution as witnesses at the hearing of the charge, indicating whether those persons have made statements; and
(e) a list of any things the prosecution may tender as exhibits, indicating whether they are in the possession of the prosecution at the time the statement is signed.
(3) A preliminary brief may include any other information, document or thing that is relevant to the alleged offence and may assist the accused in understanding the evidence against the accused that is available to the prosecution.
Statements of key witnesses may be included in the preliminary brief.
1 If the Magistrates' Court hears and determines a charge in the absence of the accused, section 84 provides that certain documents in a preliminary brief served on the accused at least 14 days before the hearing date are admissible in evidence.
2 See section 86 as to proof of criminal record in the absence of the accused.
S. 38 amended by No. 68/2009 s. 9(a).