EVIDENCE – witness – use of document to revive memory or witness – document contemporaneous to relevant events – revival in conference
EVIDENCE – Re-examination – Proper scope of re-examination – Whether evidence not given in examination in chief can properly arise in re-examination – Particular facts of the representation made
EVIDENCE – Exception to hearsay rule – Where maker of representation overseas – Whether reasonable efforts to secure witness had been made – Whether notice requirements in s 192(2) of the Evidence Act 1995 (Cth) complied with
EVIDENCE – Discretion to exclude – Whether evidence unfairly prejudicial when hearsay adduced in re-examination – Whether such evidence should be the subject of a direction under s 135 or s 136 of the Evidence Act 1995 (Cth)
EVIDENCE – Witnesses – Unfavourable witness – Evidence Act 1995 (Cth) s 38 – Whether a party should call a witness to disprove an unfavourable statement adduced by hearsay
EVIDENCE – Discretion to exclude – Whether evidence unfairly prejudicial when maker of the representation is not available for cross-examination
CRIMINAL LAW – Appeal against conviction – Rape – Incest – Whether the verdict on the charge of rape was unsafe and unsatisfactory – No direction required as to whether the accused believed that the complainant was consenting – Whether the complainant gave free agreement – Temporal gap between the complainant’s objection to penetration and the time of penetration left unexplored – Prosecutor failed to ask complainant whether penetration was without consent – Trial judge’s directions on the evidence as to the question of consent inadequate – Sections 37 and 37AAA of the Sentencing Act 1991 – Appeal allowed on the charge of rape – Appellant convicted of alternative charge of incest – Appeal otherwise dismissed.
CRIMINAL LAW – Evidence – Rule against hearsay – Complaint evidence – Prior representations of complaint evidence led as an exception to the hearsay rule – Substantial time delay between the asserted facts and the dates on which the representations were made – Trial judge limited the use of the evidence under s 136 to buttressing credibility only – Need to comply with statutory pre-conditions under exception to credibility rule – Whether the asserted facts were ‘fresh in the memory’ of the complainant – Sections 66, 108, 136, 137 and 192 of the Evidence Act 2008 – XY v The Queen  NSWCCA 181 referred to – Papakosmas v The Queen (1999) 196 CLR 29 considered – Appeal dismissed.
CRIMINAL LAW – Appeal against sentence – Manifest excess – Appellant re-sentenced because of the successful appeal against sentence – Sentence not manifestly excessive.
CRIMINAL LAW – Appeal against sentence – Child pornography – Manifest excess – Parity – Sentencing discretion re-opened – Appellant re-sentenced.
CRIMINAL LAW – Application for advance ruling on whether cross-examination of the main Crown witness on his criminal record would result in the Court granting leave to the prosecution to cross-examine the Accused on his criminal record if he gave evidence – If cross-examination on the main Crown witness’s criminal record were confined to that witness’s drug offences, leave would not be given to the prosecution to cross-examine the Accused on any aspect of his criminal record – If the main Crown witness were cross-examined on his entire criminal record, leave would be granted to the prosecution to cross-examine the Accused only on his prior dishonesty offences – Phillips v The Queen  HCA 79; (1985) 159 CLR 45 applied; R v El-Azzi  NSWCCA 455 (16 December 2004) considered – Evidence Act 2008, ss 101A, 102, 103, 104, 110, 112, 192, 192A.
CRIMINAL LAW – Evidence – Manslaughter by unlawful and dangerous act – Accused charged with delivering blow rendering deceased man unconscious – Accused alleged to have acted in concert with witness serving prison sentence for manslaughter after guilty plea – Leave granted under s 38(1)(b) of the Evidence Act 2008 (‘the Act’) to cross-examine witness with whom accused alleged to have acted in concert – Leave granted to cross examine in relation to contents of witness’s police Record of Interview as prior inconsistent statements – Section 192(2)(a)-(e) of the Act – Credibility evidence – Evidence of prior inconsistent statement which could substantially affect assessment of credibility under s 102 of the Act – Principle in Blewitt v R  HCA 43; (1988) 62 ALJR 503 inapplicable – Evidence of Record of Interview not excluded under s 137 of the Act – Evidence of second-hand hearsay admissions in Record of Interview excluded under s 137 of the Act.
CRIMINAL LAW – conviction appeal – appellant convicted of murder of his partner – conversation between appellant and his brother – brother’s first version of conversation asserted that appellant said “How can they [the children] love me? I killed their mother” – brother later asserts first version was incorrect and that the appellant said “How can they love me if I killed their mother” – Crown given leave to cross-examine brother under s.38 Evidence Act 1995 – Crown relied on first version as admission of guilt – trial Judge directs jury that first version capable of constituting admission – contended on appeal that error in accordance with Lee v The Queen  HCA 60; 195 CLR 94 – point not taken at trial – whether leave under Rule 4 should be granted – Crown concedes that error occurred at trial – whether proviso applied – Crown case involving circumstantial evidence and direct evidence – by reference to admissible evidence used permissibly, Court satisfied beyond reasonable doubt of guilt of appellant – appeal dismissed
EVIDENCE – witnesses – unfavourable witnesses – advanced rulings on whether leave should be given to cross-examine witnesses.
EVIDENCE – witnesses – unfavourable witnesses – test for granting leave to cross-examine witnesses.
Evidence Act 1995 (Cth), ss 11, 38, 41, 55, 135, 137, 192, 192A
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – Expert evidence – Joint reports of experts – Whether reasons are required for agreement between experts – Procedural fairness
- Evidence Act 1995 (NSW) – s 11(1), s 79, s 135, s 190, s 192
ADMISSIONS – application to withdraw – principles – evidence – admission of affidavit evidence from other proceedings
CRIMINAL LAW – unfavourable witness – whether leave granted to Crown to cross-examine should be extended – considerations of fairness.
10. In my view, however, the present controversy may be readily resolved by a close consideration of s 137 Evidence Act which is as follows:
“In a criminal proceeding, the court must refuse to admit evidence adduced by the prosecutor if its probative value is outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice to the defendant.”
11. The term “probative value” is defined in the Dictionary to the Evidence Act to mean:
” … the extent to which the evidence could rationally affect the assessment of the probability of the existence of a fact in issue.”
CRIMINAL LAW – Evidence – Ruling in advance – Unfavourable witness.
Criminal Law – Evidence – Credibility – Prior inconsistent statements – Generally – Application by Crown to cross-examine own witness – Factors relevant to exercise of discretion whether to permit cross-examination – One purpose of application to satisfy requirements to enable Crown to tender prior inconsistent statement as evidence of truth of contents.
Evidence Act 2001 (Tas), ss38, 43, 192.
R v Adam (2001) 207 CLR 96, applied.
Tasmania v Mayne  TASSC 82; Tasmania v S  TASSC 84; Houston and Stanhope v R (1982) 8 A Crim R 392, referred to.
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EVIDENCE – Witnesses – adverse witnesses – whether leave should be granted under (NSW) Evidence Act 1995 , s 38
(NSW) Evidence Act 1995 s 38, s 192
CRIMINAL LAW – Evidence – Limiting use of evidence – s.60, 136, 192 Evidence Act 2008 – Use of witnesses’ statements – Witness apparently illiterate – Prejudicial and probative value – Application refused.
CRIMINAL LAW – Appeal against conviction – Sexual assault of a child – Evidence of uncharged acts admitted without objection – Requirements for admission as tendency evidence not satisfied – Errors in summing up – No complaint concerning summing up or request for further direction – Whether leave to rely on points not taken at trial should be granted – Character evidence – Evidence that appellant had no conviction for sexual assault – Whether evidence of uncharged acts thereby made admissible.
Evidence Act 1995 ss 97, 100, 101, 102, 110, 112, 135, 137, 192
Criminal Law – Procedure – Witnesses – Powers of judge – Presence of witnesses in court before giving evidence – Discretion – Unrepresented accused wishing witness to act as McKenzie friend.
Moore v Lambeth County Court Registrar  1 All ER 782; Tomlinson v Tomlinson  1 All ER 593; R v Bassett  VLR 535; R v Tait  VR 520, referred to.
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Criminal Law – Appeal and new trial – Miscarriage of justice – Particular circumstances amounting to miscarriage – Other irregularities – Unrepresented accused – Procedural determinations made without inviting submissions – Failure to advise as to rights of parties to address jury.
MacPherson v R  HCA 46; (1981) 147 CLR 512, applied.
R v Coman  VLR 289, not followed.
R v Andrews (1938) 27 Cr App R 12; R v Nilson  VR 853; Dietrich v R  HCA 57; (1991) 177 CLR 292; Black v Smith (1984) 30 NTR 29; Abram v Bank of New Zealand (1996) 18 ATPR 41-507; Pezos v Police  SASC 500; (2005) 94 SASR 154; Tomasevic v Travaglini  VSC 337; (2007) 17 VR 100, referred to.
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Criminal Law – Appeal and new trial – Verdict unreasonable or insupportable having regard to evidence – Appeal allowed – Evidence displaying inadequacy and lacking probative force – Possession of child exploitation material – Inadequate evidence of knowledge by accused that material was in his custody.
Chidiac v R  HCA 4; (1991) 171 CLR 432; M v R  HCA 63; (1994) 181 CLR 487, applied.
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PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – Application to reopen trial – Judgment reserved – Witness recalls additional evidence – Application allowed.
Evidence Act 1995 s 192
Joint criminal enterprise – Murder – Unfavourable witnesses – Prior inconsistent statements – Application to cross-examine pursuant to s 38 Evidence Act 2008 (Vic) – Admissibility of statements made to police and audio visual recordings of interviews as evidence – Unfair prejudices – ss 38, 60, 135, 136, 137 and 192 Evidence Act 2008 (Vic).
CRIMINAL LAW – trial by judge alone – offence of trafficking in a controlled drug other than cannabis, namely heroin – whether accused sold heroin or gave it as a gift – sale not proved beyond reasonable doubt – accused found not guilty.
EVIDENCE – prior inconsistent statements – assessment of explanation for making prior inconsistent statement – consideration of what use can be made of prior inconsistent statement – operation of credibility rule and hearsay rule – prior inconsistent statement admitted to prove the truth of the facts asserted in the statement.
CRIMINAL LAW – circumstantial case – judge asked to draw particular inferences from evidence – whether evidence supports those inferences – requirement that no inference should be drawn from direct evidence unless it is the only rational inference available.
CRIMINAL LAW – prosecution request that if verdict of acquittal to be entered, the Court should instead direct the accused to be indicted on a charge of possession of heroin – operation of s 296 Crimes Act 1900 (ACT) – s 296 not applicable where accused to be acquitted – possession charge no longer indictable.
Evidence Act 1995 (Cth), ss 38, 59, 60, 101A(b), 102, 103, 192
CRIMINAL LAW – trial by judge alone – murder – circumstantial case – evidence of motive, opportunity and consciousness of guilt and DNA evidence – reasonable possibility of contamination of DNA evidence – consciousness of guilt evidence not proved beyond reasonable doubt – verdict of acquittal entered.
EVIDENCE – burden of proof in relation to DNA evidence and consciousness of guilt evidence – proof beyond reasonable doubt required because of importance of evidence to Crown case.
EVIDENCE – waiver of rules of evidence under s 190 of Evidence Act 1995 (Cth) – tender of transcript of first trial.
CRIMINAL LAW – evidence – the ‘credibility rule’ – exception to credibility rule – re-establishing credit – prior consistent statement – question of admissibility of prior consistent statement to support or establish credit – trial judge held prior consistent statement would not help in determining whether evidence arrived at by reconstruction or suggestion – whether trial judge erred in refusing tender of statement
CRIMINAL LAW – sentencing – parity – appellant’s criminality of a lower objective seriousness – co-accused three years younger and of limited intellect – whether trial judge erred in imposing sentence
CRIMINAL LAW – sentencing – date of commencement of sentence – pre-sentence custody – custody not exclusively referable to sentence being passed – appellant serving sentence for other offences – whether trial judge failed to give credit for time in custody
Evidence Act 1995 ss 66, 102, 108(3)(b), 192
 FCA 1306
EVIDENCE – whether hearsay evidence of statements by persons overseas should be permitted – the extent to which the proposed evidence was first hand or more remote hearsay – no independent evidence corroborating any hearsay version – whether undue prejudice to the respondent.
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – application to take evidence by video link – requirement to make out a case for such an order where it is opposed – discussion of the possible difficulties associated with video evidence.
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – security for costs – consideration of application for further security.
Evidence Act 1995 (Cth) ss 59(1), 62, 63, 64, 67, 68, 75, 135, 136, 192, 192A
CRIMINAL LAW – reference appeal by Director of Public Prosecutions – whether question of law arose “at” or “in relation to” a trial – exchanges in transcript between judge and counsel do not give rise to a question of law – defective application for a reference appeal.
CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE
Convictions for sexual offences
Evidence called by Crown from spouse of the appellant
Leave to cross examine
Ruling that evidence unfavourable giving rise to grant of leave not eroneous
Direction by trial judge
Absence of objection at trial
Comment on scope of rule 4 of Criminal Appeal Rules
CRIMINAL LAW – appeal – indispensable intermediate facts and circumstantial evidence – directions to jury – whether the trial judge erred in refusing to give a direction in accordance with Shepherd v R  HCA 56
(1990) 170 CLR 573
CRIMINAL LAW – appeal – indispensable intermediate facts and circumstantial evidence – whether verdicts unsafe and unsatisfactory, insofar as they are unreasonable and cannot be supported having regard to the evidence
CRIMINAL LAW – appeal – orders made by Court of Criminal Appeal – orders reopened after factual errors discovered in judgment – some grounds appealed to the High Court – case remitted to the Court of Criminal Appeal from the High Court – whether remitter includes grounds not appealed to the High Court
CRIMINAL LAW – appeal – evidence – witnesses – further cross-examination under the Evidence Act 1995, s 38 – whether the trial judge erred in permitting further cross-examination of particular witnesses by one party after cross-examination by the other party of those witnesses
CRIMINAL LAW – appeal – note from juror to trial judge- whether note reveals irregularity during the jury’s deliberations – whether the trial judge erred in giving a direction in accordance with Black v R  HCA 71
(1993) 179 CLR 44 – whether the trial judge erred in not discharging the jury – whether the trial judge erred in failing to enquire whether there was any real prospect of the jury reaching unanimous verdicts or if the jury or any of its number required any assistance
CRIMINAL LAW – appeal – sentence – life imprisonment for murder – whether the trial judge erred in imposing a sentence of life imprisonment
Evidence Act 1995, s 38, s 135, s 137, s 192
aggravated indecent assault
appeal against conviction
admissibility of evidence
Evidence Act credibility rule
evidence of a prior consistent statement
circumstances leading to statement
directions on complaint and delay
Evidence Act 1995, s66, s102, s108(3)(b), s136, s192
Criminal Law – Evidence – Tendency Evidence – failure to give notice – whether trial judge should have dispensed with notice requirementrs – whether evidence ought to be rejected in exercise of discretion.
Evidence Act 1995 – ss 38, 97(1), 99, 100(1), 101(2), 135, 137, 192, 195
Evidence Act Regulations – clause 6
Criminal Law – Summing up – directions- corroboration – onus of proof – reasonable doubt – lies – need for scrutiny of complainant’s evidence
Criminal Law – Crown Prosecutor’s final address – demeanour of complainant – tears – reference to
Evidence – second trial after jury in first trial discharged – witness overseas – whether “unavailable” – whether witness’ evidence in previous trial admissible – depositions
Words and phrases – depositions
Evidence Act 1995 ss 65, 67, 192, dictionary
Apeal against conviction and sentence
Admissibility and relevance of history given to doctor
Whether relevance should be limited under s136
Comments by Judge where credibility is the issue
New trial or acquittal
Leave to cross examine on prior consistent statements
No reference to s192
CRIMINAL LAW – Accused convicted of murder – Appeal against conviction – Whether trial Judge erred in her directions to the jury on: lies as evidence of consciousness of guilt; circumstantial evidence; motive; accessorial liability – Whether trial Judge should have warned the jury with respect to particular evidence – Whether trial judge erred in permitting cross-examination of particular witness – Whether trial Judge erred in admitting particular evidence – Whether trial Judge erred in her directions to the jruy on the meaning of an unsworn statement – Appeal agaisnt sentencing – Whether trial judge should have imposed a lesser sentence on the basis that the accused’s liberty had been affected over a length of time due to the circumstances of the case.
Evidence Act, ss 32(2)(b)(i), 38, 55, 137, 165, 192
Criminal law – appeal against conviction and sentence – malicious infliction of grievous bodily harm under s 35 of the Crimes Act 1900 – affray – whether verdict under
s 35 unreasonable having regard to the acquittal under s 33 of the Crimes Act 1900 – whether directions inadequate – whether verdict unreasonable and not supported by the evidence – doctrine of joint criminal enterprise – malice – ss 38(1), 38 (2) and 192 (2) of the Evidence Act – reliability of admissions – identification – parity – whether sentence manifestly excessive.
CRIMINAL LAW – Evidence – Character – Bad character – Good character – Whether adduced by defence – Whether evidence given deliberately not inadvertently – Conscience decision
CRIMINAL LAW – Evidence – Character – Requirement for leave – Leave required – Error by trial judge – No miscarriage of justice – Evidence Act, ss 112, 192(2)
CRIMINAL LAW – Jury – Directions – Character direction – Trial judge only directs that evidence of good character able to be considered in relation to guilt – No propensity direction – Requirement to so direct – Risk of jury misunderstanding legitimate use of evidence
CRIMINAL LAW – Evidence – Voice identification evidence – Quality of – Unreliable – Discretion to refuse admission – Identification warning given to jury – Evidence Act, ss 135, 137
appeal against convictions
knowingly take part in manufacture of not less than large commercial quantity of methylamphetamine
conspiracy to manufacture not less than large commercial quantity of methylamphetamine
proper characterisation of the object of the conspiracy
impossibility of achievement by use of materials available
whether because object of conspiracy impossible of achievment by use of means proposed a permanent stay of proceedings ought be ordered
whether judge ought to have directed the jury they must be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the object of the alleged conspiracy was the manufacture of methylamphetamine as distinct from amphetamine
whether separate trial of first count ought to have been ordered
admissibility of coincidence evidence
directions concerning evidence admissible on individual counts
the effect of doubts concerning credibility of a witness in relation to one count on jury consideration of other counts
directions concerning circumstantial evidence
evidence of deceased witness read
cross-examination of appellant on matters relevant only to credibility
evidence of prior criminal conviction
evidence of disciplinary proceedings
discretion to grant leave to cross-examine appellant on credibility
“substantial probative value”
corroboration of evidence of accomplices
whether one accomplice can corroborate the evidence of another
directions concerning unreliability of witnesses
jury access to transcripts of counsels’ addresses and summing up
leave to appeal against sentence
leave granted to appeal against sentence
Evidence Act (NSW) 1995 s65, s98, s101, s102, s103, s104, s112, s128, s135 s136 s137, s164, s165, s192
CRIMINAL LAW – Appeal against conviction – Sexual assaults on minors – Evidence of assaults by appellant on mother of complainants – Whether relevant – Whether danger of prejudice outweighed probative value – Evidence of prior inconsistent statements led by Crown – Use of them in cross-examination to suggest incidents complained of did not occur – Leave then granted to Crown to lead evidence of prior consistent statement – Whether leave should have been granted – Crown appeal against sentence – Parity – Manifest inadequacy
Evidence Act 1995 ss.108, 137, 192, Dictionary
Criminal appeal – kidnapping and sexual assault in company – separate trial applications – evidence of prior convictions – whether good character had been raised – identification evidence – directions on identification – whether defence submissions unsupported by evidence impacted upon fair trial for co-accused – judicial response thereto – whether warning about unreliability of evidence of co-accused appropriate – directions in relation to failure to testify – whether comment” infringed Evidence Act, s20(2) – whether address of counsel for one defendant caused co-accused’s trial to miscarry – whether verdicts unreasonable – evidence that medical examination of complaints was “consistent” with their history of assaults. (D)
Evidence Act 1995 ss20(2), 102, 110, 112, 115, 116, 135, 137, 138, 165(1)(d), s192(2)
CRIMINAL LAW – possession of prohibited imports – Customs Act 1901, s 233B – appeal against conviction – leave to appeal against sentence – whether trial miscarried – directions to jury – onus and standard of proof – evidence of good character – direction on character – cross-examination of accused without leave – offensive cross-examination of accused – D
Evidence Act, s 41, s 112, s 137, s 192
Criminal law – appeal aganst conviction and severity of sentence – maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm – whether conviction unreasonable having regard ot the evidence – whether witness “coached”.
CRIMINAL LAW – Appeal against conviction and sentence for murder – plea of not guilty – Crown appeal against leniency of sentence – Form 1 offences – obtain benefit by deception- exception to hearsay – ERISP evidence – admissibility of out of court statement where maker unavailable – statement against interest.
Evidence Act (NSW) 1995 ss 59 62, 65, 67, 135, 137, 165, 192
appeal against conviction
maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm
assault occasioning actual bodily harm
admission of evidence over objection
statement tendered at trial pursuant to s65(2)(b) and (c) of Evidence Act 1995
maker of statement unavailable to give evidence
objection taken on grounds of late notice and discretionary factors
no separate objection to content of evidence
whole of statement admitted
whether trial judge erred in admitting statement
- whether trial judge failed adequately to warn jury of the danger of relying on the evidence of the statement
directions to jury adequate to draw attention to any potential unreliability of statement, including those parts now held to have been inadmissible
hearsay provisions of the Evidence Act
exceptions to the hearsay rule
identification of previous representation
identification of what fact was intended to be asserted by previous representation
evidence of out of court representation by one person cannot be given by out of court representation of another person
evidence of previous representations inadmissible
effect of admission of inadmissible evidence of previous representation
Criminal Appeal Rules, rule 4
whether appellant requires leave before being permitted to argue admissibility of previous representations as a ground of appeal
Criminal Procedure Act s68, s289
appellant waived right to committal hearing
proviso to s6 of the Criminal Appeal Act
admission of the inadmissible evidence would and should have had no significance in verdict
evidence properly admitted proves beyond reasonable doubt guilt of the offence
Evidence Act 1995 s55, s56, s59, s60, s62, s65, s66, s67, s81, s82, s135, s137, s165, s192
CRIMINAL LAW – evidence – admissibility of evidence going only to credit, pursuant to Evidence Act, s 108(1) and (3)(a) and (b)
Evidence Act 1995, ss 55, 102, 108 and 192
Criminal Law – Evidence – Hearsay – Exception to Hearsay Rule – Complaint of sexual assault – Prior complaint evidence – Whether complaint made when facts “fresh in the memory” of complainant.
Criminal Law – Evidence – Credibility – Exception to Credibility Rule – Whether evidence fabricated – Discretion to admit prior consistent statement – Factors affecting discretion.
Words and Phrases – “fresh in the memory”.
Evidence Act 1995 (NSW), ss 66, 108, 192.
Magistrates – Appeal from and control over magistrates – Tasmania – Motion to review – The hearing – Generally – Error by magistrate must be established.
Justices Act 1959 (Tas), s107(4)(a).
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Criminal Law – Evidence – Evidentiary matters relating to witnesses and accused persons – Unsworn statements and comment on failure to give sworn evidence – Comment – By judge – Other cases – Absence of direction about accused not having given evidence – Videotapes and transcripts of comprehensive police interviews in evidence – Whether miscarriage of justice.
Azzopardi v R  HCA 25; (2001) 205 CLR 50; R v OGD (1997) 45 NSWLR 744; Richards  NSWCCA 38; (2002) 128 A Crim R 204, considered.
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Criminal Law – Evidence – Evidentiary matters relating to witnesses and accused persons – Impeachment of credit and admissibility of evidence as to credit – Prior inconsistent statements – Evidence in contradiction – Leave to cross-examine.
Evidence Act 2001 (Tas), ss38(1)(c), 66, 192.
Esposito (1998) 105 A Crim R 27, approved.
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EVIDENCE – application to question a witness called on subpoena ad test as though cross-examining him under s 38(1)(a), 38(1)(b) and/or 38(1)(c) of the Evidence Act – meaning of ‘unfavourable’ in s 38(1)(a) – permitted scope of questioning as though cross-examining under s 38(1)(c) where there has been a prior inconsistent statement made by the witness.
Held: in the exercise of the Court’s discretion leave should be granted under s 38(1)(c) on the facts of the case.
Evidence Act 1995 (Cth) ss 38(1), 38(3), 192(2)
PROCEDURE – Adjournments – Unrepresented litigant involved in other proceedings – Request for adjournment in late communication to other party – No communication to or appearance in court – Adjournment refused.
EVIDENCE – Hearsay – Previous written statement by witness called by party – Leave to cross-examine sought and refused – Whether an error vitiating decision.
Evidence Act 1995 ss.38, 43, 45, 60, 106, 192
Accomplices – when they should give evidence
Accomplices – warning
scope of re-examination
prior consistent statements
lies as consequences of guilt – directions
Henry guideline judgment
parity with co-offender.
length of jury deliberations
unsafe and unreasonable verdicts
Evidence Act (leave to cross-examine under s38)
Evidence Act, 1995 , s38, s60, s66, s135, s137, s192
CRIMINAL LAW – Juries – Discharge of juror – Whether lawful in absence of jury – Continuing with eleven jurors – Whether discretion miscarried
EVIDENCE – Leave to cross-examine own witness – Requirements of Evidence Act ss.38 and 192 – Whether express consideration necessary
EVIDENCE – Warnings – Unreliability of witness – Prejudicial evidence – Discretion to exclude or limit – Fresh evidence.
CRIMINAL LAW – evidence – claim of right – whether judge erred in striking out as irrelevant part of Crown witness’ testimony favourable to defendant’s claim – whether judge erred in not allowing defendant to cross-examine on evidence that was struck out – EVIDENCE – hearsay – whether evidence admissible at common law as a prior consistent statement – whether admissible under s 65 or s 66 of the Evidence Act 1995 – where evidence admissible under s 66 of the Evidence Act – where evidence not significant – whether exclusion gave rise to a miscarriage of justice – EVIDENCE ACT – whether trial judge erred in making appellant aware in the presence of a jury the effects of s 128 of the Act – whether trial judge contravened s 132 of the Act – CRIMINAL TRIAL – forensic tactics – where Crown used s 38 of the Evidence Act as a forensic device – whether unfair or improper advantage – whether abuse of section – whether judge’s failure to refer to s 192 of the Evidence Act an error of law – where Crown case is strong – whether cumulative effect of errors result in a lost chance of defendant being acquitted – Criminal Appeal Act 1912 s 6(1) – appeal dismissed.
Evidence Act 1995 , ss 38, 65, 66, 128, 132, 192(2)