NSW Government secretly paid millions to victims of a teacher it admits was a paedophile

Child sexual abuser preys on indigenous boys in Dubbo and other towns including Bourke and Gilgandra Since April 2018, the NSW Education Department has paid millions of dollars between 14 different indigenous male child sexual abuse victims from across western NSW. The majority of these victims attended schools in Dubbo, and the Department has openly Read more about NSW Government secretly paid millions to victims of a teacher it admits was a paedophile[…]

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Call for the NT to ban “police cages” for transporting kids

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors are supporting the  Amnesty International campaign and petition to stop NT police transporting children in “police cages”. This practise is a breach of human rights against international standards, specifically rule 73.2 of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules regarding the Treatment of Prisoners.  This inhumane practise is occurring for prolonged periods Read more about Call for the NT to ban “police cages” for transporting kids[…]

George Pell case will affect historical child sexual abuse victims’ preparedness

The George Pell decision will have a deleterious impact on victims of childhood sexual abuse in profound ways. The high-profile nature of the proceedings means the decision will impact substantially on the preparedness of many victims of historical child sexual abuse to engage in the criminal justice system. On the other hand, it is also a reality Read more about George Pell case will affect historical child sexual abuse victims’ preparedness[…]

Cardinal George Pell was found guilty of five charges for child sexual offences.

High Court quashes child sexual assault convictions for Cardinal George Pell: Pell v The Queen — [2020] HCA 12

In a much-anticipated decision, the High Court has today delivered judgment for the appeal of Cardinal George Pell, the highest ranking Catholic official to ever be charged and convicted of child sexual assault offences.  By an unanimous judgment, those convictions have now been quashed and Cardinal Pell is a free man.  This case will obviously Read more about High Court quashes child sexual assault convictions for Cardinal George Pell: Pell v The Queen — [2020] HCA 12[…]

Recent amendments to the Evidence Act 1995 NSW: Tendency and Coincidence  

The law relating to tendency and coincidence evidence has recently been amended in NSW in a very significant way, in particular for child sexual assault offences. The Evidence Amendment (Tendency and Coincidence) Bill 2020 is due to commence on 1 May 2020 and will significantly amend the tendency and coincidence provisions in the Evidence Act Read more about Recent amendments to the Evidence Act 1995 NSW: Tendency and Coincidence  […]

What would you tell a child to do if they were about to be strip searched?

We recently had an question asked to us via our Facebook page by a concerned mother: What would you tell a child to do if they were about to be strip searched? We would suggest that in that situation, the young person asks to speak to a lawyer. In addition, it would be appropriate to Read more about What would you tell a child to do if they were about to be strip searched?[…]

South Australia report condemns the use of spit hoods in Adelaide Youth Training Centre

Details of the widespread use of ‘spit hoods’ in the Adelaide Youth Training Centre have been released today in a report published by the South Australian Ombudsman. The use of spit hoods has been illegal in all other jurisdictions following the Royal Commission and Board of Inquiry into the Protection and Detention of Children in Read more about South Australia report condemns the use of spit hoods in Adelaide Youth Training Centre[…]

Abusive Treatment of Children in Juvenile Justice

Young Indigenous people are 17 times more likely to be in detention than other Australians. Despite only 5% of the general population are Aboriginal persons aged 10-17, they make up almost half of those under youth justice supervision. The latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare youth justice report also found 39% of young Indigenous people were Read more about Abusive Treatment of Children in Juvenile Justice[…]

High-Pitched Sonic Devices Target Young People

A number of shopping malls and businesses are deploying high-pitched sonic devices to combat what they describe as anti-social behaviour by young people. The so called ‘mosquito devices’ emit high frequencies which can only be heard by people aged 25 or under. Mosquito devices used to deter young people from loitering In 2016, a community Read more about High-Pitched Sonic Devices Target Young People[…]

The Impact of Trauma on the Legal Process

New laws have been introduced in New South Wales to help juries understand the impact of trauma on victims of sexual assault. What is trauma? An event is traumatic when it causes a person to be incapable of coping with a situation. A traumatic experience may occur when the person is subjected to a threat Read more about The Impact of Trauma on the Legal Process[…]

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