Criminal Law

By Adrian McKenna

23.03.17

Why the section 18C obsession is not really about freedom of speech

The Federal Government has reignited national debate on a controversial proposal to amend section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. But how does the catch cry of freedom of speech so often put…

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Criminal Law

By Elizabeth Beard

22.03.17

Answers to Steven Freeman’s Death in Custody Delayed until August

The coronial inquest into Indigenous detainee Steven Freeman’s death in custody in May 2016 has been delayed, at best, until August following five days of evidence. His passing away provoked the coronial inquiry…

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Criminal Law

By Satomi Hamon

18.03.17

Canberra is no Exception to Youth Detention Problems

The ACT’s Youth Detention Centre, Bimberi, has been drawn into the spotlight into the growing debate on youth detention issues. Evidence of child abuse within the Don Dale youth detention sparked a national…

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Criminal Law

By Elizabeth Beard

08.03.17

Parking Ticket Rise on the Way for Canberra

The ACT Government is rolling out a trial of the use of plate recognition technologies for parking inspectors. The inspectors will no longer have to walk the streets and mark tyres to issue…

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Criminal Law

By Satomi Hamon

02.03.17

Calls for Canberra Catholic archbishop to resign after children allegedly put at risk

Earlier this week it was revealed that a former parish priest of Tumut, who was removed from his position after complaints about inappropriate behaviour towards children were made against him, was moved by…

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Criminal Law

By Kate Gunther

26.02.17

She’s a witch! Burn her!

Go and hunt her And find her And kill her  Good fortune, Witch Hunters! …What a ridiculous notion, everyone knows it is dangerous to jump to conclusions like that. However, as a defence…

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Criminal Law

By Rachael Scott

21.02.17

Not guilty? How direct eye contact can influence face recognition

A recent study conducted by the University of Sydney claims to help reduce the number of people incorrectly identified by witnesses as perpetrators of crime, one of the leading causes of wrongful conviction….

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Criminal Law

By Satomi Hamon

16.02.17

Twitter reckons you’re guilty: Juries and social media #CourtisLit #GuiltyAF

Recently, a murder trial in Sydney was put in jeopardy when a witness sent a Facebook friend request to a female juror during the closing stages of the trial. This is not the first, nor…

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Criminal Law

By Rachael Scott

07.02.17

Foxtel hit back at Facebook users who live streamed the Green vs Mundine fight

At least two social media users are facing fines of up to $60,000 or 5 years’ imprisonment for allegedly using Facebook to live stream the Danny Green and Anthony Mundine fight last Friday….

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Criminal Law

By Satomi Hamon

06.02.17

New avenue for complaint against ACT Judges and Magistrates

Last Wednesday, Canberra welcomed the establishment of a Judicial Council which has the powers to receive, report and investigate minor complaints (ones that don’t merit consideration of removal of a judicial officer from…

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