Estimated to last more than four weeks and which are likely to benefit from the measures.
The Protocol is designed to ensure:
That the length of trials of complex crimes or trials involving multiple accused is controlled within reasonable limits.
Public resources are being properly utilised.
The jury is able to retain and assess the evidence it has heard.
The Protocol summarises good practice that can help reduce the length of trials relating to complex crimes or involving multiple accused. The best handling technique has been determined to be continuous management by an experienced judge, who can try to ensure that trials be kept within manageable limits.
It is deemed that in most cases three months should be the target upper limit, and intensive case management may be needed to ensure this outcome.