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[…]

Stripped away of their rights, dignity and clothing: The strip search problem targeting young people in NSW

The scenario is a simple one. You’ve just finished a long, hard day at work or school and begin your journey home. Suddenly, your normal journey is disrupted by a swarm of NSW Police encircling the train station turnstile you’re about to walk through. Two police officers stop you and subject you to an invasive Read more about Stripped away of their rights, dignity and clothing: The strip search problem targeting young people in NSW[…]

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[…]

New NT Bill Bolsters Juvenile Injustice

The Northern Territory (NT) Government aims to pass new youth justice laws, which contradict, undermine, and go against the damning findings and recommendations from Don Dale Detention Centre. The Royal Commission’s (RC) Report of 2017 found “shocking and systemic failures” over many years in the youth prison system. These are failures which continue to exist, Read more about New NT Bill Bolsters Juvenile Injustice[…]

Police Watchlist Targeting Children needs to be Removed

In an earlier article this year, we wrote about a secret police watchlist called the Suspect Target Management Plan (STMP). The STMP is a list that identifies people who police believe are at risk of committing an offence in the future. Almost half of the people targeted by the STMP are under the age of Read more about Police Watchlist Targeting Children needs to be Removed[…]

Unlawful Imprisonment of Minors Involved in People Smuggling

A group of 50 Indonesian minors who crewed asylum seeker boats are seeking compensation from the Australian government claiming that they were wrongfully imprisoned in adult detention facilities. Some of the minors were detained in maximum security facilities for over 2 years with their human rights neglected. The Australian government has previously faced similar compensation Read more about Unlawful Imprisonment of Minors Involved in People Smuggling[…]

Australia Criticised for ‘Serious Shortcomings’ in Human Rights Record

The latest Human Rights Watch report released yesterday provides extensive criticism of Australia’s Human Rights records. O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors agrees with many of the findings having represented clients whose human rights have been neglected by institutions. The HRW report has identified some crucial areas as follows. Treatment of Asylum Seekers and Refugees Australia Read more about Australia Criticised for ‘Serious Shortcomings’ in Human Rights Record[…]

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors: Year in Review

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors has had a remarkable year in 2017. We are proud of the wide range of successes that we’ve had this year that span from our involvement in Royal Commissions to our successful outcomes for clients in both criminal and civil cases and our pro bono work. A year filled with Read more about O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors: Year in Review[…]

Peter O’Brien on Current Issues in Juvenile Justice

The Northern Territory is not alone when it comes to flagrant human rights abuses against some of the most vulnerable children in our community. Cases like Udin Sarfin’s and Saiful Baco’s illustrate the Commonwealth’s preparedness to put political expediency and populism before its concerns for basic civil liberties, including commitments under the United Nations Convention Read more about Peter O’Brien on Current Issues in Juvenile Justice[…]