Full Court Minute Books

Case M75/2019

The Queen v. Guode

Case No.


Case Information

Lower Court Judgment

16/08/2018 Supreme Court of Victoria (Court of Appeal) (Ferguson CJ, Priest and Beach JJA)

[2018] VSCA 205


Criminal law – Sentencing — Manifest excess – Infanticide, murder and attempted murder — Where mother caused death of three children and attempted to kill fourth — Where mother pled guilty — Where mother had had traumatic life and suffered a major depressive disorder as consequence of giving birth to her youngest child — Whether mother suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder – Whether Court of Appeal erred in taking into account as relevant consideration in making its determination as to manifest excess fact that prosecution had accepted plea to infanticide in respect of Charge 1 on the indictment.

Short particulars


17/05/2019 Hearing (SLA, Melbourne)

31/05/2019 Notice of appeal

05/07/2019 Written submissions (Appellant)

05/07/2019 Chronology (Appellant)

02/08/2019 Written submissions (Respondent)

14/11/2019 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra) (Audio-visual recording)

14/11/2019 Outline of oral argument (Appellant)

14/11/2019 Outline of oral argument (Respondent)

18/03/2020 Judgment (Judgment summary)