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What to do if you’re arrested over the Christmas / New Year break

Courts and criminal defence lawyers generally take a two-week break over the Christmas and New Year season. This 2020-2021 year, most courts will close from 25 December through to 10 January. The below New South Wales Courts are closed on the following dates:: Supreme Court: 20 December 2021 – 28 January 2022 District Court: 18 …

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Inmates at Silverwater test positive to COVID-19

Four inmates at Silverwater jail in Sydney’s west have tested positive to COVID-19. The inmates had just entered custody and were in the jail’s remand and reception area. The prison has been routinely testing all new inmates for the virus when they arrive. The prison then places the inmates in quarantine for 14 days before …

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Inmates at Silverwater test positive to COVID-19

State of Victoria ‘not a good parent’ to indigenous children report finds

Victoria’s child protection system is under fire for not acting like a good parent to Indigenous children in its care. The state has been found to oppose bail for vulnerable young people in its care or asking the courts to take them into custody. The Commission for Children and Young People investigated the over-representation of …

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State of Victoria 'not a good parent' to vulnerable indigenous children, report finds

Chief Minister Gunner: Don’t abandon the NT Royal Commission

ADD YOUR VOICE HERE Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner has blatantly ignored the Royal Commission by announcing changes to the Territory’s handling of youth crime. The NT will make changes to the Bail Act and the Youth Justice Act to create “tougher than ever consequences”, according to Gunner. Principal Solicitor Peter O’Brien worked in …

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Throwing them in jail fixes nothing_ - Archaic changes to NT youth bail criticised

Former Royal Commissioner into Youth Justice Slams QLD “crackdown” on youth crime

Former co-commissioner of the Northern Territory’s Royal Commission into the Detention and Protection of Children Mick Gooda slammed Queensland’s new response to youth crime. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced several new tough measures to be implemented as part of a ‘crackdown’ on youth crime. While Mr Gooda supported calls to address youth crime, he doesn’t agree with …

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New QLD Laws to crackdown on youth crime

What do to if you’re arrested over the Christmas break

Courts and criminal defence lawyers generally take a two-week break of the Christmas and New Year season. This 2020-2021 year, most courts will be closed from 25 December through to 10 January. So, what happens if you get arrested over this time? The NSW Police will still be arresting and charging people Police don’t take …

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“I asked to go back to jail” – No regulations for rehab centres

Women are speaking out about the conditions of a rehabilitation centre in Sydney where leaders follow the fundamentalist Christian practice of speaking in tongues. As part of bail conditions, those often suffering from addiction go into a rehabilitation centre as a way to attempt to curb their addictions and to avoid going into prison. However, …

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Unregulated rehabilitation centres worse than jail

 Victorian prison inmates have sentences cut due to COVID-19 lockdown measures

Prison inmates in Victoria will have their sentences cut by a combined total of 487 years after being held under strict lockdown due to COVID-19. Prisoners have been granted “emergency management days” in return for days where they were locked in their cells – sometimes for 24 hours a day. Eligible prisoners will have their …

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Criminalisation of the Homeless

Last week, our Principal Solicitor Peter O’Brien did the Legal Aid list at Central Local Court, assisting unrepresented people with their criminal charges. Sadly, 14 of the 15 people on the list at the Court that day were homeless. Census figures reveal that homelessness in Australia increased by 13.7% between 2011 and 2016. 20% of …

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Brisbane Youth Detention Worker Tests Positive to COVID-19

A worker at the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre has tested positive to coronavirus.  A 76-year-old woman working at the centre in Wacol in the city’s west tested positive to the virus while still working. The woman worked five shifts while in the infectious period.  “What you’re going to hear today is the story of a …

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