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South Australia

Juries (Prejudicial Publicity) Amendment Bill 2014


An Act to amend the Juries Act 1927.


Part 1—Preliminary
1Short title
3Amendment provisions

Part 2—Amendment of Juries Act 1927
4Amendment of section 7—Trial without jury

The Parliament of South Australia enacts as follows:

Part 1—Preliminary

1—Short title

This Act may be cited as the Juries (Prejudicial Publicity) Amendment Act 2014.


This Act will come into operation on a day to be fixed by proclamation.

3—Amendment provisions

In this Act, a provision under a heading referring to the amendment of a specified Act amends the Act so specified.

Part 2—Amendment of Juries Act 1927

4—Amendment of section 7—Trial without jury

(1) Section 7—after subsection (3c) insert:

(3ca) Where, in a criminal trial before the Supreme Court or the District Court, an accused applies for a stay of proceedings on the basis that publicity has prevented, or may prevent, the accused from receiving a fair trial, the court may, at any time, if it considers it necessary in order to ensure a fair trial, order that the accused be tried by judge alone.

(3cb) A court may make an order under subsection (3ca) whether or not—

(a) a jury has been constituted in accordance with this Act to try the issues on the trial; or

(b) in a trial in which 2 or more people are jointly charged, the court also makes an order under that subsection in respect of the remaining accused.

(3cc) Nothing in subsection (3ca) affects the powers of a court to punish a person for contempt of that court.

(2) Section 7(3d)—after "subsection (3a)" insert:

or (3ca)


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