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Last-Minute Justice: Insight from the Lawyers of the Black Lives Matter Protest Case 

Our lawyers behind the scenes on the Black Lives Matter Protest Case It was late on the afternoon of 6 June, when the NSW Court of Appeal was convened to hear an urgent appeal concerning the legality of planned Black Lives Matter protests.  Lawyers from O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors, who represented protest organisers in Read more about Last-Minute Justice: Insight from the Lawyers of the Black Lives Matter Protest Case […]

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Have You Been Strip Searched by the NSW Police?

Have NSW Police Strip Searched you? Do you believe you have been illegally strip searched? Are you currently in danger of being illegally strip searched? At O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors, we specialise in civil litigation for police misconduct, including for unlawful strip searches. The firm has substantial litigation experience against the NSW Police for Read more about Have You Been Strip Searched by the NSW Police?[…]

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“The Hidden Scourge”: Sexual Harassment, the Heydon Inquiry and the High Court’s New Gauntlet

“We’re ashamed that this could have happened at the High Court of Australia” said the Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia in response to the sexual harassment allegations rocking the Highest level of Australian’s legal establishment. An independent inquiry found that six former Court staff members, all Judges’ Associates, suffered sexual harassment by former High Read more about “The Hidden Scourge”: Sexual Harassment, the Heydon Inquiry and the High Court’s New Gauntlet[…]

Police Brutality

Police brutality: Sydney police officer Tasers kneeling Aboriginal man in the face

NSW Police Officer Tasers Compliant Aboriginal Man in the Face in Paddington Footage has emerged of police brutality with a NSW Police Officer discharging his taser into the face of Kris Lovelock, a 32-year-old Aboriginal man who was kneeling on the ground with his palms outstretched in compliance. The footage shows the man obeying Police Read more about Police brutality: Sydney police officer Tasers kneeling Aboriginal man in the face[…]

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Criminal Court of Appeal Quashes “Manifestly Excessive” and “Unjust” Sentence for cocaine offence

Two Drive Shafts of Cocaine: O’Shaughnessy v R (2020) In November 2017, two automotive drive shafts containing 5.39 kilograms of pure cocaine arrived in Australia by plane. Police intercepted the drives, and then substituted the cocaine with an alternate substance. The drive shafts were then delivered to Pymble Golf Club, on Sydney’s Upper North Shore Read more about Criminal Court of Appeal Quashes “Manifestly Excessive” and “Unjust” Sentence for cocaine offence[…]

NSW Government secretly paid millions to victims of a teacher it admits was a paedophile

Child sexual abuser preys on indigenous boys in Dubbo and other towns including Bourke and Gilgandra Since April 2018, the NSW Education Department has paid millions of dollars between 14 different indigenous male child sexual abuse victims from across western NSW. The majority of these victims attended schools in Dubbo, and the Department has openly Read more about NSW Government secretly paid millions to victims of a teacher it admits was a paedophile[…]

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FAQ: Can I lawfully record the actions of a Police Officer on video or audio?

We are frequently asked whether it is lawful for members of the public to make audio or visual recordings of Police Officers. The answer, in simple terms, is yes. The  NSW Police Media Policy 2016 states that: “Members of the public have the right to take photographs of or film Police Officers, and incidents involving Read more about FAQ: Can I lawfully record the actions of a Police Officer on video or audio?[…]

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Court of Appeal declares Black Lives Matter protest is an “authorised public assembly”

Statement from Peter O’Brien, solicitor Court of Appeal declares Black Lives Matter protest is an “authorised public assembly” The New South Wales Court of Appeal has heard an urgent appeal today from the organiser Mr Raul Bassi on behalf of the Vigil for George Floyd and David Dungay. Barristers Mr Stephen Lawrence and Ms Felicity Read more about Court of Appeal declares Black Lives Matter protest is an “authorised public assembly”[…]

Appeals

Victory – Appeal won – Black Lives Matter vigil and rally can legally proceed

Black Lives Matter (BLM) vigil and rally can proceed: Court of Appeal The NSW Appeal Court has overturned yesterday’s Supreme Court decision on the planned protest to be held in Sydney at 3pm this afternoon. “This is a victory for the thousands of people who want to join the call to end police brutality and Read more about Victory – Appeal won – Black Lives Matter vigil and rally can legally proceed[…]

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MEDIA RELEASE: SUPREME COURT OF NSW DECISION REGARDING DEATHS IN CUSTODY PROTEST

MEDIA RELEASE Supreme Court of NSW decision regarding deaths in custody protest A peaceful rally and vigil for George Floyd, David Dungay and for all black deaths in custody around the world was scheduled to proceed tomorrow, on Saturday 6 June 2020 at Town Hall Square, Sydney. This afternoon the Supreme Court has ruled that Read more about MEDIA RELEASE: SUPREME COURT OF NSW DECISION REGARDING DEATHS IN CUSTODY PROTEST[…]

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