Oliver Creagh

COVID Fines: Why Protesters, but Not Pubs?

Fines for Protestors, Not For Pubs Last Friday, NSW Police Officers approached demonstrators at the University of Sydney, who gathered to peacefully protest looming COVID-19 related University cuts . Not without irony, Police fined protestors  for violating COVID-19 Health Orders. Fines for some protestors were in the vicinity of a neat ~$1000. Protesters at @Sydney_Uni …

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Can psychological abuse be considered Grievous Bodily Harm?

***A warning to readers that the following article describes domestic violence scenarios*** Compensation for an Abusive Relationship For two years, Evelyn* had been in an abusive relationship with a man in Taree on NSW’s Mid North Coast. In mid-2018, Evelyn lodged an application under the Victims Support Scheme.  This scheme helps compensate individuals who are …

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Strip Search Saga – Systemic Abuses of Power by NSW Police

NSW Strip Search Saga: Rolling Revelations of Systemic Abuses of Power In October 2019,  a 16-year old girl identified as “BRC” gave evidence to the LECC, the  NSW Police Force‘s anti-corruption watchdog. BRC described being strip-searched by a NSW Police Officer; in her words, she “could not stop crying” as she squatted in an open-flapped …

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COVID-19 Fines and the Rowdy Sandwich: When Does Police Discretion Turn Dark?

COVID-19 Fines for Rowdy Teens, Not For Families “Having a Sandwich” Just when we thought it was safe to go back into the water, enter the Crossroads Hotel cluster in Casula. And just when you thought it was safe to have a rowdy sandwich in the park, enter the COVID-19 fining directives of the NSW …

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Priests on JobKeeper: The Church’s Galling, Hypocritical Tango

Last month, it was revealed NSW Catholic clergy were receiving JobKeeper, the payment set up by the Federal Government to enable employers to retain employees. The response was widespread condemnation. And yet the screw turned further, with the ABC reporting that the Diocese of Parramatta have requested their priests to “voluntarily” donate part of their …

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Public Officials Behaving Badly: A Victory in Ea v Diaconu [2020]

Could laughter by a police officer in court affect the outcome of a trial? “If public officers will infringe men’s rights, they ought to pay greater damages than other men, to deter and hinder other officers from the like offences. …” Writing in 1703, Chief Justice Holt’s words from Ashby v White1 (despite forgetting the …

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Another Victory for #BLM and Public Assembly: Commissioner of Police v Gray

Commissioner of Police v Taylah Gray: Newcastle BLM Protest O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors  appeared in the NSW Supreme Court on behalf of Taylah Gray, a member of Fighting In Solidarity Towards Treaties (FISTT). Arguing before Justice Adamson, Ms. Gray successfully challenged a prohibition order sought by the Commissioner of Police, regarding a Black Lives Matter (BLM) …

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Raise the Age Campaign: The Fight Against Arresting/Imprisoning Children Aged 10-13.

Lets Raise the Age for child arrest and / or imprisonment In all Australian jurisdictions, the age that an individual can be charged with a crime is ten years old. As a result, children as young as 10 are being arrested and imprisoned. The Raise the Age campaign has highlighted a staggering 600 children aged …

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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 …

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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 …

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