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

Trial judge must give requested directions

    (1)     The trial judge must give the jury a requested direction unless there are good reasons for not doing so.

    (2)     In determining whether there are good reasons for not giving a requested direction to the jury, the trial judge must have regard to—

        (a)     the evidence in the trial; and

        (b)     the manner in which the prosecution and the accused have conducted their cases, including—

              (i)     whether the direction concerns a matter not raised or relied on by the accused; and

              (ii)     whether the direction would involve the jury considering the issues in the trial in a manner that is different from the way in which the accused has presented his or her case.

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