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.
1 This provision abolishes the rule attributed to
R v Muto & Eastey  1 VR 336 and applied in
R v Ahmet; DPP v Ahmet  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.