Integrated jury directions in sexual offence trials.

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Tuesday 18th July 2023

Seminar | 4:45 PM-6:00 PM


Research shows that integrated directions promote jury comprehension – and reduce the time taken to reach a decision.

But the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s report on Improving the Justice System Response to Sexual Offences showed that integrated directions are not used as often as they could be. 

In collaboration with the County Court, the College is developing new integrated jury directions for sexual offence trials – and delivering training to encourage their use. 

In this introductory seminar, you will learn: 

  • the difference between traditional and integrated directions  
  • the benefits of integrated directions 
  • how to adapt model-integrated directions.


Retired County Court judge
Her Honour Felicity Hampel AM SC
Her Hon Felicity Hampel AM SC is a retired judge of the County Court of Victoria and vice president of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Her Honour is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, deputy chair of the Board of the Australian Advocacy Institute, and a Bencher of the Inner Temple. Judge Hampel was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday honours for significant services to the judiciary, legal organisations, and women. Her Honour was a founding member of Australian Women Lawyers and the Women Barristers Association, Vice-Chair of the Victorian Bar Readers Course Committee, and a member of the Victorian Bar Equality before the Law Committee. Judge Hampel commenced practice as a barrister in 1981, was appointed QC in 1996, converting to Senior Counsel in 2001. Judge Hampel was appointed to the County Court in 2005 and accepted a concurrent appointment as a Vice President of VCAT in 2010. Her Honour developed a national practice, predominantly in human rights, administrative and criminal law before her appointment to the County Court. In addition, she is a nationally and internationally renowned leader in the development and delivery of advocacy teaching advocacy skills.