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The trouble with woon: the selective answering of police questions and the right to pre-trial silence
journal contributionposted on 2006-01-01, 00:00 authored by Oscar RoosOscar Roos
The 1964 High Court decision in Woon v The Queen is commonly understood to permit the drawing of an inference of a ‘consciousness of guilt’ when a suspect selectively responds to police questions. It is the author’s contention that, in the light of the emphatic endorsement of the right to pre-trial silence by the High Court in 1993 in Petty v The Queen; Maiden v The Queen, Woon should now be regarded as bad law and should no longer be followed.