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Your Guide to NSW COVID-19 Offences

Edition #1: What Can I Be Charged With? After a (very long) month into the NSW coronavirus lockdown, the rules surrounding lockdown laws remain slightly confusing: Can I even go to the beaches once they reopen? What is a “care” reason for leaving the house, and does it cover visiting family members or romantic partners? Read more about Your Guide to NSW COVID-19 Offences[…]

Mixed results for big brother state from High Court of Australia

Court unanimously confirms invalid search warrant for Smethurst, however, did not order the AFP to destroy materials in 4:3 decision. Quashed warrant in a unanimous judgment A News Corporation journalist by the name of Annika Smethurst has had what her fellow journalists have deemed a “pyrrhic victory” with mixed results in her High Court Case Read more about Mixed results for big brother state from High Court of Australia[…]

COVID19 – NSW Prisoners eligible for early parole release 

On 24 March 2020, the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Act 1999 was amended to enable the Commissioner of Corrective Service the ability to grant parole to certain inmates in custody in NSW.   The amendments are temporary measures, initially for six months but with a possibility to extend, and will only be used if necessary, in Read more about COVID19 – NSW Prisoners eligible for early parole release […]

George Pell case will affect historical child sexual abuse victims’ preparedness

The George Pell decision will have a deleterious impact on victims of childhood sexual abuse in profound ways. The high-profile nature of the proceedings means the decision will impact substantially on the preparedness of many victims of historical child sexual abuse to engage in the criminal justice system. On the other hand, it is also a reality Read more about George Pell case will affect historical child sexual abuse victims’ preparedness[…]

COVID-19 – Changes to the Criminal Jurisdiction of the Local Court of NSW

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread disruption to the ordinary operation of the Local Court. As a result, a large number of proceedings have been impacted by delay and adjourned as the Court has moved to implement significant procedural changes in response to Government social distancing and stay at home recommendations. In NSW the rollout Read more about COVID-19 – Changes to the Criminal Jurisdiction of the Local Court of NSW[…]

NSW LECC investigates only 2% of complaints

NSW Law Enforcement Complaints Commission (LECC) only investigated 2% of complaints due to funding cuts. With the pressure of a $6 million budget cut over the next four years, the Commission was struggling to process the rising number of complaints. “Like most other public service organisations, we are consistently required to do more with less,” Read more about NSW LECC investigates only 2% of complaints[…]

Cardinal George Pell was found guilty of five charges for child sexual offences.

High Court quashes child sexual assault convictions for Cardinal George Pell: Pell v The Queen — [2020] HCA 12

In a much-anticipated decision, the High Court has today delivered judgment for the appeal of Cardinal George Pell, the highest ranking Catholic official to ever be charged and convicted of child sexual assault offences.  By an unanimous judgment, those convictions have now been quashed and Cardinal Pell is a free man.  This case will obviously Read more about High Court quashes child sexual assault convictions for Cardinal George Pell: Pell v The Queen — [2020] HCA 12[…]

“Stay Clear of This Place!”: Cheng v Lok, a successful defamation suit against an erroneous Google Review

How badly can a negative, and wholly inaccurate, Google review affect your reputation and business? Can the law properly protect your reputation in the age of anonymous, online publication? These very contemporary questions was the subject of Cheng v Lok 1 , a recent defamation action brought by Adelaide barrister Gordon Cheng (in an unaccustomed Read more about “Stay Clear of This Place!”: Cheng v Lok, a successful defamation suit against an erroneous Google Review[…]

Recent amendments to the Evidence Act 1995 NSW: Tendency and Coincidence  

The law relating to tendency and coincidence evidence has recently been amended in NSW in a very significant way, in particular for child sexual assault offences. The Evidence Amendment (Tendency and Coincidence) Bill 2020 is due to commence on 1 May 2020 and will significantly amend the tendency and coincidence provisions in the Evidence Act Read more about Recent amendments to the Evidence Act 1995 NSW: Tendency and Coincidence  […]

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