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JURY DIRECTIONS ACT 2015 - SECT 64D

Abolition of common law rules

Any rule of common law under which a trial judge is required or permitted to direct the jury to persevere to reach a unanimous verdict at the same time as (or immediately before or immediately after) the trial judge gives a majority verdict direction is abolished.

Notes

1     This provision abolishes the rule attributed to
R v Muto & Eastey [1996] 1 VR 336 and applied in
R v Ahmet; DPP v Ahmet [2009] VSCA 86.

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

Pt 7 Div. 3 (Heading and ss 64E–64G) inserted by No. 37/2017 s. 9.

Division 3—Jury deliberations

S. 64E inserted by No. 37/2017 s. 9.



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