News & Current Affairs

By Elizabeth Beard

28.04.17

17 Hour Judgment Raises Concern for Wasteful Court Costs

The NSW Supreme Court has criticised Judge Garry Neilson for reading aloud a 138-page judgment for 17 hours over four days. With litigation already an expensive and stressful process for many litigants, the…

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News & Current Affairs

By Satomi Hamon

27.04.17

ACT’s first Justice Reinvestment Trial: Yarrabi Bamirr

Yesterday, Justice Minister Shane Rattenbury and Winnunga Nimmityjah chief executive officer Julie Tongs, announced the launch of ‘Yarrabi Bamirr’, the ACT’s first Justice Reinvestment Trial. The ACT Government has partnered with the Aboriginal and…

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Criminal Law

By Tom Taylor

27.04.17

Is Australia’s War on Drugs a failure?

Ice use in Australia is soaring according to new data drawn from collected wastewater. So where does this leave the state of our so-called War on Drugs?

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Criminal Law

By Peter Woodhouse

13.04.17

Gene Gibson case casts light on the need for additional resources for the community legal sector

As a criminal defence lawyer when I am talking to a new client or dealing with a potential client making inquiries over the telephone I often speak about the importance of getting the…

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Criminal Law

By Jane Carey

12.04.17

Are mental health and drug addictions an excuse for criminal offending?

Mental health is an important issue in Australia, especially when it comes to criminal law. But, is mental health a viable excuse for criminal conduct?

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Criminal Law

By Satomi Hamon

10.04.17

What is the crime of infanticide?

Infanticide is the term used in law to describe the killing of an infant by its mother who was, at the time of the offence, suffering from a mental illness associated with the…

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News & Current Affairs

By Elizabeth Beard

10.04.17

Roll Out of New Discrimination Laws Creates More Offences in the ACT

Beginning in April 2017, an updated version of the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT) will be in force providing new protection against discriminatory treatment. These new laws will focus on preventing discrimination on five…

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