Recent Cases

Awad v The Queen [2022] HCA 36 (09 November 2022) (Kiefel CJ, Gordon, Edelman, Steward and Gleeson JJ)


Criminal Practice – Appeal – Error or irregularity in trial – Directions to jury – Where credibility of one accused giving evidence central to both trials – Where trial judge directed jury that innocent person can do nothing more than give evidence – Where trial judge directed jury that guilty person may give evidence in hope or belief they will more likely be believed – Where directions prohibited by s 44J of Jury Directions Act 2015 (Vic) – Whether misdirection constituted substantial miscarriage of justice.

Words and phrases – “charge”, “conviction was inevitable”, “credibility”, “deflect the jury from its fundamental task”, “direction”, “essential to a fair trial”, “fundamental error”, “jury”, “misdirection”, “motivation to give evidence”, “natural limitations”, “onus of proof”, “presumption of innocence”, “prohibited direction”, “serious departure from the prescribed processes for trial”, “substantial miscarriage of justice”.