Peter O'Brien

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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Four Corners: Bill Spedding, Wrong Man Targeted in William Tyrrell Case, Speaks Out

On Monday, ABC TV’s Four Corners program will reveal how a man was wrongly accused in the William Tyrrell investigation. William Tyrrell disappearance leads to suspicion falling on Bill Spedding Bill Spedding, a washing machine repairman, was accused of abducting three-year-old William Tyrrell, who disappeared on 12 September, 2014 from the front yard of a …

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Residents of Yirrkala Aboriginal community and Channel Seven head to mediation in defamation case

Media Release – 16/09/2019 Members of a Yolngu community in Arnhem Land will attempt to mediate their defamation and racial discrimination case against Channel Seven later this week. Parties will engage in a mediation conducted by the Honourable Stanley Jones AO QC, former jurist of the Supreme Court, in the remote Aboriginal community of Yirrkala. …

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Police don’t always meet legal criteria for strip-searches, report finds

The prevalence of unlawful strip-searches conducted by NSW police is an absolute disgrace. A recent UNSW Law School report has revealed 91% of strip searches were conducted by police who suspected a person of drug possession. Under the law, police can only conduct a strip search if they believe there are serious and urgent grounds …

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Indigenous woman Naomi Williams “let down” by Australia’s health system

The inquest into the death of Naomi Williams, and her unborn child, has highlighted the poor quality and treatment of Indigenous people in Australia’s health system. The inquest, which concluded a couple of weeks ago, sparked several recommendations from a NSW coroner to address the health outcomes of Indigenous people. Deputy State Coroner, Harriet Grahame, …

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Dog Days Are Not Over

With over 17% of drug dog inspections escalating to strip-searches by NSW police, the bark is worse than the bite. Police drug sniffer dogs have drawn renewed criticism after new data revealed an increase of strip searches in New South Wales. Greens MP David Shoebridge said the use of dogs were ineffective in stopping drug …

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The Roll-Out of Police Drones in Melbourne

In another step towards a Big Brother state, the Victorian Government will roll out police drones to monitor crowds at major Melbourne events. Following the launch of the state’s first-ever specialist drone unit, the unmanned aircraft will hover over locations deemed “high risk”. These include locations such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Police Inspector …

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