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Abolition of common law rules

    (1)     Any rule of common law under which a trial judge is prohibited from directing the jury on the interest a witness or an accused may have in the outcome of a trial is abolished.

    (2)     Any rule of common law under which a trial judge is required or permitted to direct the jury about the matters referred to in section 44J in relation to the evidence of an accused is abolished.


1     Subsection (1) abolishes the rule attributed to Robinson v R [1991] HCA 38; (1994) 180 CLR 531.

2     Subsection (2) abolishes directions based on—

              •     R v Haggag [1998] VSC 355; (1998) 101 A Crim R 593; and

              •     R v McMahon [2004] VSCA 64; (2004) 8 VR 101; and

              •     R v Buckley [2004] VSCA 185; (2004) 10 VR 215.

3     Section 4 applies generally to override any rule of law or practice to the contrary of this Act.

Pt 4 Div. 10 (Heading and ss 44L, 44M) inserted by No. 37/2017 s. 5.

Division 10—Whether a prosecution witness has a motive to lie

S. 44L inserted by No. 37/2017 s. 5.

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