Cheatle v R [1993] HCA 44 | 26 August 1993

ON 26 AUGUST 1993, the High Court of Australia delivered Cheatle v R [1993] HCA 44; (1993) 177 CLR 541 (26 August 1993).

South Australian law allowed for a majority verdict of 10 or 11 jurors. Mr and Mrs Cheatle were convicted by a majority verdict of a South Australian jury for the indictable offence of conspiracy to defraud the Commonwealth. The High Court allowed an appeal, holding that s80 of the Constitution required unanimous verdicts for Commonwealth indictable offences. A new trial was ordered.


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