In May 2016, the Royal Commission launched the report of a major empirical study into how juries reason when deliberating on multiple counts of child sexual abuse.

Events were held in Sydney and Melbourne where the researchers presented key findings.

Using mock juries and a trial involving charges of child sexual abuse in an institutional context, Jury Reasoning in Joint and Separate Trials of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse: An Empirical Study investigates whether conducting joint trials and admitting tendency evidence infringe on a defendant's right to a fair trial.

The research, conducted by Professor Jane Goodman-Delahunty (Charles Sturt University), Professor Annie Cossins (University of NSW) and Natalie Martschuk (Charles Sturt University), forms part of the Royal Commission’s work in relation to the criminal justice system.

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Read Justice McClellan's opening remarks from the Sydney launch.

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