(1) This Part does not apply to—
(a) general directions; or
(b) a direction that the trial judge is required to give, or not to give, to the jury under any provision of this or any other Act.
(2) This Part does not preclude the giving of a direction, that is consistent with this Act, that the trial judge considers necessary at any time before the close of all evidence.
(3) In determining under subsection (2) whether a direction is necessary, the trial judge must have regard to the submissions, if any, of the prosecution and defence counsel.