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Review of majority verdicts amendments

NSW Department of Communities and Justice is seeking feedback on amendments made to the Jury Act 1977 by the Jury Amendment (Verdicts) Act 2006.
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What’s this about?

The review of amendments will determine whether the policy objectives of those amendments remain valid and whether the terms of the amendments remain appropriate for securing those objectives.

The amendments made to the Jury Act 1977 by the Jury Amendment (Verdicts) Act 2006 introduced majority verdicts in criminal proceedings in NSW.

The policy objectives of the amendments include:

  • enabling a significant majority of jurors to return a guilty or not guilty verdict in certain circumstances in order to avoid the inconvenience, cost and delay of a hung jury for criminal justice system participants
  • additional trauma for victims, and any associated reduction in public confidence in the criminal justice system.

Have your say

There are two ways you can provide feedback.

Submissions made to the review may be referred to in the final report and made publicly available, unless you request that all or part of your submission be kept confidential.

Have your say by Friday 14 May 2021.

Email

23 April 2021 to 14 May 2021

policy@justice.nsw.gov.au

Formal submission

23 April 2021 to 14 May 2021

Address: Policy, Reform and Legislation NSW Department of Communities and Justice GPO Box 6 Sydney NSW 2001

Consultation period

From:23 April 2021
To:14 May 2021

See consultation methods

More information

Email: Project team
Phone: 02 8346 1144
Agency Website
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