1.8.1 – Charge: Separate Consideration - Multiple Accused
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In this trial there are [insert number] accused. The prosecution says each of them is guilty. Each of them says they are not guilty. So there are really [insert number] trials [all] being heard together.
It would be inconvenient and a great waste of time and money to hold separate trials of each accused on different occasions in different courts on this same matter. So for convenience they are all tried together.
But you must be careful not to allow convenience to override justice. The parties are entitled to have the case against each accused considered separately.
You must consider the case against each accused separately, in light only of the evidence which applies to that accused. You must ask yourselves, in relation to each accused, whether the evidence relating to that accused has satisfied you, beyond reasonable doubt, that s/he is guilty of the offence s/he has been charged with. If the answer is yes, then you should find him/her guilty. If the answer is no, then you should find him/her not guilty.
Last updated: 19 December 2006