Full Court Minute Books

Case M129/2018

Director of Public Prosecutions Reference No 1 of 2017

Case No.

M129/2018

Case Information

Lower Court Judgment

23/03/2018 Supreme Court of Victoria (Court of Appeal) (Maxwell P, Weinberg and Beach JJA)

[2018] VSCA 69

Catchwords

Criminal law – Trial by jury – Prasad direction – Where accused charged with murder – Where counsel for accused sought Prasad direction on basis prosecution case not strong insofar as prosecution required to prove beyond reasonable doubt accused not acting in self-defence – Where trial judge gave Prasad direction – Where jury returned verdicts of not guilty of murder or manslaughter – Where Director of Public Prosecutions referred point of law to Court of Appeal under s 308 of Criminal Procedure Act 2009 (Vic) – Where Court of Appeal determined giving of Prasad direction not contrary to law – Where majority of Court of Appeal determined direction may continue to be administered to jury in criminal trial – Whether Court of Appeal erred in determining giving of Prasad direction not contrary to law – Whether majority of Court of Appeal erred in determining Prasad direction may continue to be administered to jury in criminal trial.

Short particulars

Documents

15/08/2018 Determination (SLA, Canberra)

29/08/2018 Notice of appeal

26/09/2018 Written submissions (Appellant)

26/09/2018 Chronology (Appellant)

12/10/2018 Written submissions (Respondent/Acquitted Person)

19/10/2018 Reply

06/11/2018 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra) (Audio-visual recording)

06/11/2018 Outline of oral argument (Appellant)

06/11/2018 Outline of oral argument (Respondent / Acquitted Person)