Recent Updates

Criminal Charge Book

What you need to know

  • Other misconduct evidence: Updated bench notes on tendency evidence and coincidence evidence - IMM v R
  • Unreliable evidence: Updated general bench notes and children’s bench notes - R v GW
  • Statutory complicity: Added the requirement of participation for group offending - R v Semaan & Ors (Ruling 7)

Also in this update

  • New chapter: Perverting and attempting to pervert the course of justice
  • Expanded direction on the standard of proof: Removed excess words from the fourth limb of the direction
  • Sexual offences against children: Expanded the direction on the meaning of indecent circumstances

View a list of updated topics

Victorian Sentencing Manual

New Sentencing Manual chapter on firearms offences

The new chapter covers:

  • basic information about Victorian firearms offences contained within the Firearms Act 1996;
  • how general sentencing principles apply to firearms offences;
  • the effect on sentencing of the elimination of the legislative distinction between registered and unregistered firearms by the Control of Weapons and Firearms Act 2012;
  • an examination of recent sentencing decisions in respect of firearms offences; and
  • sentencing statistics for firearms offences.

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