High Court of Australia

Smith v Western Australia [2014] HCA 3

250 CLR 473; 88 ALJR 384; 305 ALR 338

12 Feb 2014

Case Number: P51/2013


French CJ, Crennan, Kiefel, Gageler, Keane JJ


Criminal law – Evidence – Exclusionary rule – Where appellant convicted upon verdict of jury – Where note suggesting juror physically coerced into changing verdict found in jury room after jury discharged – Whether evidence of unlawful coercion of juror by fellow juror admissible – Whether Sheriff should be ordered to conduct inquiry.

Words and phrases – "exclusionary rule", "free and frank deliberation", "physical coercion".

Criminal Appeals Act 2004 (WA) – s 30(3)(c).

Criminal Code (WA) – s 123.

Juries Act 1957 (WA) – ss 56A, 56B.

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