Cocaine razor blade rolled

Criminal Court of Appeal Quashes “Manifestly Excessive” and “Unjust” Sentence for cocaine offence

Two Drive Shafts of Cocaine: O’Shaughnessy v R (2020) In November 2017, two automotive drive shafts containing 5.39 kilograms of pure cocaine arrived in Australia by plane. Police intercepted the drives, and then substituted the cocaine with an alternate substance. The drive shafts were then delivered to Pymble Golf Club, on Sydney’s Upper North Shore Read more about Criminal Court of Appeal Quashes “Manifestly Excessive” and “Unjust” Sentence for cocaine offence[…]

Appeals

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 Read more about Victory – Appeal won – Black Lives Matter vigil and rally can legally proceed[…]

handcuffs arrest police

Man Who Had Leg Broken by Police in ‘Egregious’ Arrest Wins More than $700,000 in Compensation

A man was awarded $718,000 after South Australian Police left him with a broken femur SA Police were prosecuted over their handling of the arrest of Matthew Charles Crossley in early 2013. They were found guilty in SA District Court of  three acts of battery. The judge included a proposed $3000 in “exemplary damages”, a Read more about Man Who Had Leg Broken by Police in ‘Egregious’ Arrest Wins More than $700,000 in Compensation[…]

binoculars spy espionage surveillance

New powers for ASIO to question 14-year-olds, deny lawyers as it goes after foreign spies

A new ‘Australian Security Intelligence Amendment Bill 2020’ was introduced into Federal Parliament by Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton on May 13th. The bill amends the controversial questioning and detention powers held by ASIO. The main purpose of the new bill is to ensure that ASIO has significantly increased powers in regard to terrorism, espionage Read more about New powers for ASIO to question 14-year-olds, deny lawyers as it goes after foreign spies[…]

House on fire in potential arson insurance fraud case

High Court Appeal on arson and fraud: A Mysterious Case Where Common Sense Prevailed

Man accused of burning down his own house by Queensland Police On a July evening in 2015 Eamonn Coughlan was walking away from his holiday home on Bribie Island in Queensland when an explosion occurred, setting fire to the house causing it to be destroyed. He escaped this fire on his motorbike and cleaned himself Read more about High Court Appeal on arson and fraud: A Mysterious Case Where Common Sense Prevailed[…]

COVID19 – NSW Prisoners eligible for early parole release 

On 24 March 2020, the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Act 1999 was amended to enable the Commissioner of Corrective Service the ability to grant parole to certain inmates in custody in NSW.   The amendments are temporary measures, initially for six months but with a possibility to extend, and will only be used if necessary, in Read more about COVID19 – NSW Prisoners eligible for early parole release […]

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[…]

COVID-19 – Changes to the Criminal Jurisdiction of the Local Court of NSW

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread disruption to the ordinary operation of the Local Court. As a result, a large number of proceedings have been impacted by delay and adjourned as the Court has moved to implement significant procedural changes in response to Government social distancing and stay at home recommendations. In NSW the rollout Read more about COVID-19 – Changes to the Criminal Jurisdiction of the Local Court of NSW[…]

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  […]

Call Now Button