This charge has been drafted for use in conjunction with Charge: Onus and Standard of Proof. It will need to be modified if the jury was not instructed about the onus and standard of proof at the beginning of the trial.
This chapter also includes the following charges:
Expanded Directions. These charges can be used in response to jury questions about the standard of proof, or to redress any imbalance caused by either counsel’s addresses;
Reverse Onus. This charge can be used if the onus of proving a matter is placed on the accused;
Liberato Direction. This charge can be used if a case turns on a conflict between the evidence of a prosecution witness and a defence witness, and there is a reasonable likelihood that the jury will think that they must believe the defence evidence to be true before they can acquit the accused.