Barrow v The State: PC 23 Mar 1998

(Trinidad and Tobago) If the credibility of a defendant is an issue, a good character direction is always relevant and should be given. However, there is no general duty on a judge to inquire into the issue of the accused’s character if this has not been raised by the defence.


Times 31-Mar-1998, [1998] UKPC 16, [1998] AC 846



Cited by:

CitedTeeluck and John v The State PC 23-Mar-2005
(Trinidad and Tobago) The defendant appealed against his conviction saying that his defence had been incompetent in having failed to require the judge to give a good character direction to the jury.
Held: The appeal was allowed. Recent cases . .
CitedMantoor Ramdhanie and others v The State PC 15-Dec-2005
PC (Trinidad and Tobago) The defendant appealed his conviction, saying he had not been properly able to pur forward his evidence of good character. The judge had prevented the defence putting questions to show a . .
CitedKrishna v The State PC 6-Jul-2011
(Trinidad and Tobago) The applicant appealed against his conviction for murder, complaining as to the way a former co-accused had been allowed to give evidence and the admission of a confession, saying that he had been beaten by police officers.
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Criminal Practice, Commonwealth

Updated: 01 June 2022; Ref: scu.159296