Recent Updates to the Victorian Criminal Charge Book

The Jury Directions and Other Acts Amendment Act 2017 commenced operation on 1 October 2017. It applies to all trials and certain other proceedings that commence on or after this date. The Criminal Charge Book has been fully updated in response.

Among other changes, the amending Act applies the Jury Directions Act 2015 to criminal proceedings in the Magistrates' and Children's Courts. It also introduces new directions on an accused giving evidence, a witness’ motive to lie, the effect of differences in a complainant’s account, and majority verdict directions.




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