Hate Crime Rarely Prosecuted in Australia

With the recent tragic events of Christchurch and Sri Lanka, some have called hate crime laws into question for their lack of use in Australia. Only 21 people have received convictions for hate crimes, despite the thousands of reported offences involving discrimination across the nation. Disturbingly, a recent study revealed approximately three offences have classifications Read more about Hate Crime Rarely Prosecuted in Australia[…]

Labor Party Aims to Tackle Indigenous Incarceration Crisis

The Labor Party has announced it will fund an additional $107 million to cut down the rate of Indigenous incarceration if it wins the next election. The ALP pledges to make jail a ‘last resort’ solution and will focus on justice targets for Indigenous people. This funding package includes $44 million for legal aid, $21.75 Read more about Labor Party Aims to Tackle Indigenous Incarceration Crisis[…]

Lawyer X Saga: Mixing Business With Pleasure

The secrets and scandals surrounding Nicola Gobbo, the former criminal barrister turned police informant, have surfaced this week. The first public hearing of the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants included shocking admissions by Victoria Police. These related to professional misconduct and improper interactions with Ms Gobbo. This disgraceful saga of Lawyer X Read more about Lawyer X Saga: Mixing Business With Pleasure[…]

New NT Bill Bolsters Juvenile Injustice

The Northern Territory (NT) Government aims to pass new youth justice laws, which contradict, undermine, and go against the damning findings and recommendations from Don Dale Detention Centre. The Royal Commission’s (RC) Report of 2017 found “shocking and systemic failures” over many years in the youth prison system. These are failures which continue to exist, Read more about New NT Bill Bolsters Juvenile Injustice[…]

High Court Clarifies Meaning of Criminal Damage

Grajewski v Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW) [2019] HCA 8 This week, the High Court handed down its majority decision in the matter of Grajewski v Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW). As reported last year, O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors represented the appellant, Paul Grajewski, a protestor who harnessed himself to a ship loader at a Read more about High Court Clarifies Meaning of Criminal Damage[…]

Cardinal George Pell Guilty of Grave Sins

In a time of child abuse scandals and cover-ups surrounding the Catholic Church, Cardinal George Pell was found guilty of five charges last week for child sexual offences by a unanimous jury verdict. Pell, the Vatican Treasurer and third most senior Catholic official in the world, was convicted for one count of sexually penetrating a Read more about Cardinal George Pell Guilty of Grave Sins[…]

Rockett Launch Towards Universal Medicine

Although Serge Benhayon was found to be a ‘leader of a socially harmful cult’ by a Supreme Court jury, the self-proclaimed spiritual leader continues to practice the disturbing ideas he preaches. The wealthy founder of Universal Medicine, who believes he is the reincarnate of Leonardo da Vinci, suffered a crushing blow in his defamation case Read more about Rockett Launch Towards Universal Medicine[…]

Indigenous Australians Grossly Over-represented in Custody

The over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the criminal justice system is a national disgrace. For decades, Indigenous Australians have been grossly over-represented in custody across the country. Although Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 3% of the total population in Australia, they constitute over 27% of national prison population. Read more about Indigenous Australians Grossly Over-represented in Custody[…]

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

In October 2018, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors is available to represent you if you are called or wish to appear at the Royal Commission. The terms of reference for the Royal Commission includes: Quality and Read more about Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety[…]

Lawyer X Brings Australia’s Criminal Justice System Into Disrepute

The criminal justice system has been brought into disrepute after an anonymous lawyer in Victoria was found to be a secret police informant. The notorious case of Lawyer X, also known as Informer 3838, was a criminal defence barrister who represented many figures in Melbourne’s so-called ‘underworld,’ including major drug traffickers, murders and Mafia members. Read more about Lawyer X Brings Australia’s Criminal Justice System Into Disrepute[…]