Criminal Law

By Kate Gunther

03.02.17

Treating drug users as the enemy: The difficulty with waging the “war on drugs”

You may have heard three people recently died and many were hospitalised in a critical condition due to a “bad batch” of MDMA in Melbourne (see: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-16/three-people-die-from-drug-overdoses-in-melbourne/8185134). Consequently our government remains as committed…

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Criminal Law

By Peter Woodhouse

30.01.17

50 years since Ronald Ryan hanged – time to end the death penalty for good?

I am against the death penalty.  I don’t care what the person has been charged with, I don’t agree with it.  Most lawyers probably agree with me.  I reckon most Australians probably agree…

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Criminal Law

By Rachael Scott

23.01.17

Think twice this Australia Day

Approximately 60,000 drivers were caught and fined for speeding on ACT roads in 2016, totalling more than $15 million in fines.  Fines issued by police accounted for 6% of all fines, with the…

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Criminal Law

By Satomi Hamon

18.01.17

Dangerous dog laws in the ACT

Should the ACT government consider tougher rules for ‘dangerous dog breeds’? Recently, there was an article in the Canberra Times that reported the story of two dog attack victims, Jack Hartigan and Daniel…

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Criminal Law

By Adrian McKenna

11.01.17

So you’ve been called for jury duty: What now!?

The day may come when you least expect. That fateful letter with your name on it and your date to attend court for jury duty. Serving on a jury is part of your…

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Criminal Law

By Rachael Scott

10.01.17

Sussan Ley: Are harsher restrictions necessary for Politician Privileges?

It was confirmed last week that Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley will stand aside pending an investigation into the numerous travel claims made to the Gold Coast over the past two years. ABC…

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Criminal Law

By Jane Carey

21.12.16

Discharge of jury reinforces need for judge-alone trials

On Tuesday afternoon the Chief Justice of the ACT Supreme Court discharged a jury in the case of Gabrielle Woutersz, the young girl charged with the murder of her mother in October 2014….

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Criminal Law

By Rachael Scott

20.12.16

Ever Growing Jailed Politicians Club

Eddie Obeid is not the first politician to do a stint behind bars for criminal activity, but he is the latest and one of the oldest. Mr Obeid was found guilty by a…

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Criminal Law

By Peter Woodhouse

16.12.16

It’s all Greek to me…

The system of trial by jury is a fundamental pillar of our criminal justice system in this Country.  We all enjoy the right to be tried and judged by (usually) 12 of our…

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Criminal Law

By Satomi Hamon

13.12.16

Christmas Card Crime

If you’re planning to buy something online during the holiday season this year (or ever!), you should make yourself aware of the risks associated. As online shopping becomes more and more prevalent in…

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