By Michelle Heeley

This article seeks to examine the doctrines of autrefois acquit and convict, often referred to as the principle of double jeopardy. It examines the development of the case law and the effect of recent legislation upon the area.

Overview of Topic
1. This article will examine the principles of autrefois acquit and autrefois convict which are designed to prevent a person from being tried for the same offence twice.

2. The article will also examine recent legislation that allows for a retrial after an acquittal in serious cases where certain criteria are met.

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