Criminal Trial Courts Bench Book – Update 63 published

The following changes have been incorporated into this update:

[1-895] Sexual assault communications privilege

This chapter has been revised at [1-895] Introduction and [1-897] Applications for leave, to add R v Bonanno; ex parte Protected Confider [2020] NSWCCA 156. This case reiterates the importance of considering the specific terms of ss 299C and 299D of the Criminal Procedure Act 1986 and how they apply to the circumstances of an individual case.

[5-1800] Supply of prohibited drugs

The commentary at [5-1800] regarding “ongoing supply” in s 25A of the Drugs Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 and the suggested directions at [5-1810][5-1820][5-1830][5-1840] and [5-1850] have all been updated. A new note at [5-1870] has been added discussing Younan v R [2018] NSWCCA 180 and Nguyen v R [2018] NSWCCA 176 which make clear that the Crown does not have to prove the accused actually received a financial or material reward as a result of the particular supplies. It is sufficient if an inference is available from the evidence that the purpose of the relevant supplies was for financial or material reward.