1.8.2 – Charge: Separate Consideration - Multiple Charges
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In this trial, the prosecution has brought [insert number] charges against the accused. While these are separate matters, they are [all] being dealt with in the one trial. This is done for convenience, as it would be expensive and time-consuming to hold a separate trial before a different judge and jury for each charge.
However, you must be careful not to allow convenience to override justice. Both the prosecution and the accused are entitled to have each charge considered separately.
It would therefore be wrong to say that simply because you find the accused guilty or not guilty of one charge, that s/he must be guilty or not guilty, as the case may be, of another.
Each charge must be considered separately, in light only of the evidence which applies to it. You must ask yourselves, in relation to each charge, whether the evidence relating to that charge has satisfied you, beyond reasonable doubt, that the accused is guilty of that particular crime. If the answer is yes, then you should find the accused guilty of that charge. If the answer is no, then you should find the accused not guilty of it.
Last updated: 17 May 2019