Recent Cases

Hoang v The Queen [2022] HCA 14 (13 April 2022) (Kiefel CJ, Gageler, Keane, Gordon and Edelman JJ)


Criminal practice – Jury trial – Where s 53A(1)(c) of Jury Act 1977 (NSW) provided for mandatory discharge of juror where juror engaged in misconduct in relation to trial – Where misconduct included conduct constituting offence against Jury Act – Where offence against s 68C(1) of Jury Act for juror to make inquiry for purpose of obtaining information about any matters relevant to trial – Where evidence led as to Working with Children Check – Where evidence subject of submissions and referred to in summing up – Where jury note disclosed juror had searched internet for requirements of Working with Children Check – Where trial judge took verdicts which jury indicated they had reached unanimous verdict on before discharging juror – Whether information subject of inquiry about matter relevant to trial – Whether inquiry made for purpose of obtaining information about that matter – Whether mandatory discharge of juror required.

Words and phrases – “constitution and authority of the jury”, “discharge of jurors”, “jury deliberations”, “making an inquiry”, “mandatory discharge”, “matters relevant to the trial”, “misconduct in relation to the trial”, “purpose of obtaining information”, “true verdict according to the evidence”.