EVIDENCE – whether prejudice in correspondence between party and insurer about indemnity for settlement offer – tender of reasons for judgment – Evidence Act – s 44, s 91 s and 131(1).
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – Application for leave to be released from implied undertaking not to use documents obtained in proceedings for purposes other than those proceedings – Special circumstances test
EVIDENCE – admissibility – where letter written by party’s solicitor to insurer – party not the author of the letter and made no representations by or in it – letter not admissible to prove the truth of the the previous representations made by its author – letter not admissible to prove suggested admission by party.
CROSS-EXAMINATION – section 44 Evidence Act 1995 – Admissibility of a document – Cross-examination on an issue outside the pleadings – Voir dire
appeal against sentence
maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm in company
whether error in factual findings by sentencing judge
whether error in failure to apply 25 per cent discount for guilty plea
whether error in appointment of applicant’s role in commission of offence
whether failure to give sufficient weight to subjective circumstances
EVIDENCE – defamation – admissibility and relevance – facts relevant to facts in issue – facts showing state of mind – credit and credibility – objection to the tender of evidence on the contention that it is irrelevant, unfairly prejudicial, previous representation and does not qualify as business record – Evidence Act 1995 ss 44, 69 and 135
Criminal law – sexual offences – refusal to order separate trial – late disclosure of witness statement of co-offender – identification issues – directions as to consciousness of guilt – prosecutor’s comment on accused’s failure to give evidence – directions on standard of proof – “beyond reasonable doubt” should not be enlarged upon – complainant’s reliability – directions about lies – whether verdicts unreasonable.
Evidence Act, ss 20(2), 44, 135, 137
Criminal appeal – drug supply offences – miscarriage – Evidence Act, s44 – suggestion in cross examination that accused had accumulated assets from illicit dealings well prior to events in question – failure to give any direction.
 NSWCCA 122
Appeal – criminal law – aggravated sexual assault – whether evidence of motive to fabricate false allegation of sexual assault excluded – need for counsel to formulate lines of future questions clearly – Evidence Act, s44(2)(b) – what is requisite to enable court to be satisfied that the document being used to cross-examine a witness will be admitted – whether judge entitled to be informed that document is not that of witness being cross-examined before witness is confronted with it – whether unfair criticism of counsel caused trial to miscarry – damaging admission – attempt to explaint cut short – proviso. (ND)
EVIDENCE – Admissibility and Relevancy – Transcript of evidence volunteered by 5th defendant to plaintiff under a protocol containing a provision that it would not be tendered in evidence against the 5th defendant in a proceeding for the imposition of a penalty against him – Civil penalty proceedings – Plaintiff ordered to provide transcript to other parties in the proceedings – 1st defendant sought to cross-examine on the transcript – 1st defendant not bound by the protocol or s 68(3) of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 (Cth) – Whether 1st defendant bound by confidentiality – Whether equity would grant an injunction – Whether prevented from cross-examining by s 127(1)(a) of Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act or by the Evidence Act 1995, s 26, s 29, s 42, or s 44 – Voir dire held under s 189 to determine whether, in terms of s 135, the 5th defendant would be unfairly prejudiced by the admission of the cross-examination
Criminal Law – murder – appeal against conviction – admissibility of evidence – evidence of relationship – whether evidence constituted propensity evidence that should have been excluded – meaning and scope of “propensity evidence” – whether evidence of oral representation by the deceased that the accused administered a drug to her some days before her murder is admissible as an exception to the hearsay rule – whether deceased’s oral statements made shortly after the asserted fact – whether deceased’s representation made in circumstances that make it unlikely that the representation is a fabrication – whether deceased’s representation made in circumstances that make it highly probable that the representation is reliable – whether similar representation recorded by the deceased in her diary is admissible as an exception to the hearsay rule – whether directions to the jury on the use of relationship evidence adequate.
Criminal Law – murder – appeal against conviction – accomplices – warning – need for under ss 164 and 165 of the Evidence Act 1995 (Cth) – whether adequate warning given in the circumstances of the case – whether items of evidence identified by the trial judge were capable of corroborating the evidence of the accomplices – whether incorrect identification led to miscarriage of justice.
Criminal Law – murder – appeal against conviction – whether sufficient direction on
co-conspirator rule – whether trial judge’s intervention during cross-examination of
co-accused caused trial to miscarry – whether evidence of an out of court statement by a
co-accused wrongly rejected – whether proper directions given on evidence of good character – whether question arose as to an accused’s fitness to stand trial – whether trial judge failed to properly direct on accused’s failure to recall certain events – whether trial judge failed to adequately put the defence case of one accused to the jury.
Evidence Act 1995 (Cth), ss 43, 44, 59, 60, 65, 66, 72, 97, 98, 101, 110, 136, 137,164, 165
EVIDENCE – cross-examination on documents not tendered – third party documents and prior representations of the witness – transcripts of examinations including transcripts that could not be tendered in penalty proceedings – discretionary considerations
Evidence Act 1995 (NSW), ss 9, 26, 43, 44, 192