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JURY DIRECTIONS ACT 2015 (NO. 14 OF 2015) - SECT 13

Unrepresented accused

    (1)     Subject to subsection (2), if the accused is not represented by a legal practitioner, the trial judge must comply with this Part as if the accused had informed the trial judge that all matters referred to in section 11(b) were in issue and had requested every direction that it was open to the accused to request under section 12, had the accused been represented by a legal practitioner .

    (2)     The trial judge need not give the jury a direction if     the trial judge considers that—

        (a)     there are good reasons for not giving the direction; or

        (b)     it is otherwise not in the interests of justice to give the direction.


Section 14 sets out the matters the trial judge must have regard to in determining whether there are good reasons for not giving a direction.

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