Prasad Directions

A Prasad direction is a direction given by a judge to a jury, informing jurors that they are entitled to find the defendant not guilty at any time after the close of the Crown case without hearing the defence case. If a judge decides to give this direction to the jury it must be done very carefully. The judge must not interfere with the jury’s role. A Prasad Direction merely gives the jury the option of finding the defendant not guilty without hearing any further evidence or submissions from the defence.

What is the effect of a Prasad direction?

By giving a Prasad direction the huge gives the jury the option of finding the defendant not guilty without the defence presenting its case.

How can I get the judge to give a Prasad direction?

Your lawyer can ask the judge to make a Prasad Direction after the close of the prosecution case. Your lawyer cannot force the judge to give the direction. Prasad directions are given very rarely and usually only where the evidence presented by the police is very weak.


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