definition of Double Jeopardy

Questioning Double Jeopardy

Phil Cleary

Law Reform Australia

Glossary of Political Terms


Victoria Attorney-General Hulls

Robb Hulls and double jeopardy


Removing the immunity from those who have been falsely acquitted

'Double Jeopardy' is that quirk in the law that prevents a repeat prosecution of an accused no matter what new evidence comes to hand.
While someone found guilty can appeal his conviction if it is reasonable to believe there is new evidence or a miscarriage of justice at his original trial, in practice there appears nothing prosecutors can do to successfully appeal an acquittal.
Despite cosmetic changes to the law in most Australian states over the last 7 years, empirical evidence has shown that it is still next to impossible to get a  re-prosecution.

Considering there have been literally thousands of acquittals for serious crimes in that period (not even counting retrospective application), we still seem to be very far off from a situation where prosecutors could feel confident of acquiring a repeat prosecution for someone with a significant amount of untested incriminating evidence against him/her.

Problems with the COAG Reform Model

DoubleJeopardyReform.Org is a branch of the Crime Victims Support Organisation and advocates reform of Victoria's what we believe to be, very antiquated laws on double jeopardy.
As a first step, we would ask that the state government hold a public inquiry into the law so as to gauge its strengths, weaknesses and support.

Update >> Stateline

Request to the Vic Law Reform Commission

What Q.C. Julian Burnside doesn’t know about double jeopardy

Qld government to remove retrospectivity to DJ laws

Widow vows to fight double jeopardy law

Double Jeopardy Law Changes Inevitable: Law Society

BBC:Double jeopardy law ushered out

No getting away with murder

Qld double jeopardy law reformed

NSW: Iemma says double jeopardy changes are common sense

South Australia drops double jeopardy laws

Crime files reviewed under new SA double jeopardy law

NZ Criminal procedure bill passed by parliament

Double Jeopardy changes for Tasmania

New rules on double jeopardy score a first conviction

The State Govt’s logic when it comes to Double Jeopardy

Ireland: Proposed New Laws to give DPP more power

Scot’s double jeopardy rule to be reviewed

New law also allows appeals on judicial errors and
administration of justice offences


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