Jury directions reforms working well - study

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Victoria’s jury directions reforms, which made major changes to management and conduct of trials, have been well-received by the Victorian judiciary.

The Judicial College today released the results of a survey of judicial officers which showed high levels of satisfaction with the significant changes made under the Jury Directions Act 2013 and the Jury Directions Act 2015.

Survey responses show that the reforms were well-managed and that consultation was very effective in securing judicial buy-in for the reforms.

There was overwhelming support for the view that the reforms had improved the conduct of criminal trials.

Conducted for the Jury Directions Advisory Group, the survey also identified areas for future work, including judicial education, training of counsel and the value of a follow-up study to examine the impact of the Jury Directions and Other Acts Amendment Act 2017.

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