Peter O'Brien

MEDIA RELEASE: NSW Supreme Court Authorises BLM protest in Newcastle for this weekend!

MEDIA RELEASE NSW Supreme Court Authorises BLM protest in Newcastle for this weekend Today, the Supreme Court has refused a police application to prohibit a protest for the Black Lives Matter movement in Newcastle planned for 5 July 2020 this Sunday at 1pm by the Fighting In Solidarity Towards Treaties (FISTT) group. The protest has …

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Protests, Demonstrations, Marches, Rallies and the Police – Your Rights

Protests, Demonstrations, Marches, Rallies and the Police: What are your Rights? People around Australia have recently been taking to the streets to voice their concerns with systemic racism, police brutality, and the death of indigenous people in custody. However, protestors are often unsure as to what their rights are when they attend a protest. Do …

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MEDIA RELEASE: Commissioner of Police v Taylah Gray

MEDIA RELEASE Commissioner of Police v Taylah Gray Protest organisers for the Black Lives Matter protest to be held 1pm, Sunday 5 July, Civic Park in Newcastle have been informed by the NSW Police Commissioner that their proposal of a public assembly will be taken to the NSW Supreme Court tomorrow morning.  The application by the …

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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 …

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Peter O'Brien Criminal Defence Lawyer

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 …

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Appeals

Trial by Jury During the Coronavirus Pandemic- R v UD [2020], Where Two “Noes” Make a “Yes”

In this article, O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors takes a closer look at Trial by Jury in Australia– where does the concept come from? When did it come to Australia? And how has this changed in the era of COVID-19? A Hypothetical: Your Coronavirus Crime Indulge, albeit momentarily, in something of a Corona-hypothetical. Suppose during the …

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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,” …

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Is police misconduct on the rise?

In NSW, complaints of misconduct or maladministration within the Police Force are investigated by the Law Enforcement and Complaints Commission (LECC). However, it has been recently revealed that due to funding cuts, only 2% of complaints received were investigated in the last year (2018). With the pressure of a further $6 million budget cut over …

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