Majority verdicts by juries
Reference received: 17 September 2004
Report 111: Majority verdicts [PDF, 389Kb], August 2005
Tabled in parliament: 9 November 2005
Legislative action: No legislation was required to implement this Report. However, contrary to the Commission's recommendations, the requirement of majority verdicts was introduced for all but Commonwealth offences by the Jury Amendment (Verdicts) Act 2006 (NSW).
Judicial citation: R v PZG (2007) 171 A Crim R 62, 
Terms of reference
That the NSW Law Reform Commission inquire into and report on whether the unanimity requirement in criminal trials should be preserved in New South Wales.
In undertaking this inquiry, the Commission should have regard to:
- Arguments for and against preserving the unanimity rule;
- The incidence of hung juries in New South Wales and the possible effect of majority verdicts on hung juries;
- The operation of majority verdicts in other Australian and international jurisdictions;
- The advantages and disadvantages of different models for majority verdicts currently operating in other jurisdictions;
- Whether any other procedures or measures could decrease the incidence of hung juries in New South Wales; and
- any other related matter.