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The second time around



Most students taking a Legal Studies course will sooner or later come across the concept of 'double jeopardy', an old principle of English common law which emigrated to Australia along with the First Fleet, and ultimately became embedded in the criminal laws of all Australian states and territories. It means simply that no person may be placed on trial more than once in respect of any criminal act on their part, whether they are convicted or acquitted at the end of the first trial.