ADEQUACY OF JUDGE’S DIRECTION

A judge who asked a jury to give a special verdict on the circumstances surrounding an offence of unlawful sexual penetration, after it had delivered a majority guilty verdict, should have directed the jury in clearer terms. However, the offender’s conviction was upheld as there was ample evidence to justify the finding of guilt.

[2013] NICA 52

The defendant’s conviction on six counts of indecent assault on a male person was safe where the judge’s direction to the jury concerning the defendant’s failure to give evidence had been adequate.

[2006] EWCA Crim 1486