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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 Read more about MEDIA RELEASE: Commissioner of Police v Taylah Gray[…]

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Last-Minute Justice: Insight from the Lawyers of the Black Lives Matter Protest Case 

Our lawyers behind the scenes on the Black Lives Matter Protest Case It was late on the afternoon of 6 June, when the NSW Court of Appeal was convened to hear an urgent appeal concerning the legality of planned Black Lives Matter protests.  Lawyers from O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors, who represented protest organisers in Read more about Last-Minute Justice: Insight from the Lawyers of the Black Lives Matter Protest Case […]

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FAQ: Can I lawfully record the actions of a Police Officer on video or audio?

We are frequently asked whether it is lawful for members of the public to make audio or visual recordings of Police Officers. The answer, in simple terms, is yes. The  NSW Police Media Policy 2016 states that: “Members of the public have the right to take photographs of or film Police Officers, and incidents involving Read more about FAQ: Can I lawfully record the actions of a Police Officer on video or audio?[…]

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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[…]

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MEDIA RELEASE: SUPREME COURT OF NSW DECISION REGARDING DEATHS IN CUSTODY PROTEST

MEDIA RELEASE Supreme Court of NSW decision regarding deaths in custody protest A peaceful rally and vigil for George Floyd, David Dungay and for all black deaths in custody around the world was scheduled to proceed tomorrow, on Saturday 6 June 2020 at Town Hall Square, Sydney. This afternoon the Supreme Court has ruled that Read more about MEDIA RELEASE: SUPREME COURT OF NSW DECISION REGARDING DEATHS IN CUSTODY PROTEST[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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 […]

Police Powers and COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Lockdown Laws in New South Wales

At midnight on Tuesday 31 March 2020, strict new laws came into effect for residents in New South Wales which have effectively brought about a tough lockdown as part of the Government’s response to slow the transmission of the coronavirus causing COVID-19. By virtue of the COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Bill 2020, the NSW Read more about Police Powers and COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Lockdown Laws in New South Wales[…]

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