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JURY DIRECTIONS ACT 2015 (NO. 14 OF 2015) - SECT 53

Additional direction on delay in complaint or lack of complaint

The prosecution may request under section 12 that the trial judge direct the jury that there may be good reasons why a person may not complain, or may delay in complaining, about a sexual offence.


Section 14 requires the trial judge to give this direction, if requested, unless there are good reasons for not doing so. Section 16 requires the trial judge to give a direction if the trial judge considers that there are substantial and compelling reasons for doing so.

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