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JURY DIRECTIONS ACT 2015 - SECT 44M

Abolition of common law rules

    (1)     Except as provided by this Division, a trial judge is not required or permitted to direct the jury on the issue of whether a witness for the prosecution has a motive to lie.

    (2)     Any rule of common law to the contrary of subsection (1) is abolished.

Notes

1     Subsection (2) abolishes directions based on Palmer v R [1998] HCA 2; 193 CLR 1.

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

Part 5—Sexual offences

Division 1—Consent and reasonable
belief in consent

S. 45 amended by No. 6/2017 s. 15.



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