Former NRL player Jarryd Hayne leaves Newcastle Court
Former NRL player Jarryd Hayne leaves Newcastle Court (Image: AAP/Darren Pateman)

The following article discusses sexual assault.

Two high profile rugby league players (State of Origin heroes, no less). Two rape trials. Two hung juries. Probably not surprising that 2020 would deliver such a non-result, but it smacks of something more than coincidence that the cases of both Jack de Belin and Jarryd Hayne will have to go to retrial next year after their juries failed to reach a unanimous (12-0) or majority (11-1) verdict either way.

I am not suggesting anything untoward with respect to the juries or conduct of the trials and, as the cases remain sub judice, I have nothing to say about the particulars of either case. My interest is in what the outcomes say about the legal system response to allegations of sexual assault.