Criminal Law

By Kate Gunther

24.05.19

Criminal Consequences for Vegan Freedom Fighters

Remember the days when anyone who lived without delicious ice cream, chocolate or cheese were doing so because of a dire health condition or allergy? Remember how you pitied those people? Well, pity…

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News

By Carley Hitchins

17.05.19

I’m only here for the democracy sausage

If you needed more of an incentive than a democracy sausage to vote tomorrow, unless you have a ‘valid and sufficient’ reason, a failure to vote in a federal election can result in…

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Criminal Law

By Charlene Harris

12.05.19

Drink, drive, and be shown no mercy: New South Wales drink driving law reforms

Non-conviction orders are well known and highly sought after.  They are most often seen in criminal matters of objectively lower seriousness, including low-range and mid-range drink driving offences, as well as drug driving…

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Criminal Law

By Peter Woodhouse

03.05.19

Assange sentence – a good lesson on bail laws

The average Joe or Joanna probably doesn’t have an accurate understanding of Australian bail laws.  A lot of people think of the U.S. style system where you have to stump-up a large sum…

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Criminal Law

By Ben Aulich

17.04.19

Pell reporting threatened fair trial

36 news agencies and journalists have been called to the Supreme court to answer accusations of contempt of Court for publishing material about George Pell’s first trial before the conclusion of his second…

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Criminal Law

By Claire Osborne

03.04.19

Horrifying treatment of vulnerable people in care revealed by Royal Commission

A beating with a shoe, maggots found in a head wound and over 3000 reportable assaults in Aged Care residential facilities. A disability pensioner beaten in his front yard and other cases of…

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Criminal Law

By Zoe Jones

25.03.19

No option for an early ‘not guilty verdict’: Prasad directions taken off the table

In a disquieting decision for criminal lawyers (and their clients), on 20 March 2019 the 7 judges of the High Court of Australia unanimously concluded the long-accepted practise of a trial judge giving…

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Civil Law

By Caitlin Holloway

22.03.19

Court finds certifier breached its statutory and contractual duties by failing to identify building defects

The ACT Supreme Court has awarded damages against a building certifier who failed to identify building defects prior to issuing stage certificates for a residential dwelling. The decision in Hyblewski v Bellerive Homes…

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News & Current Affairs

By Peter Woodhouse

18.03.19

Fraser Anning may end up with more than egg on his face

I assume, like me, most of you had a bit of a chuckle at the footage of Senator Fraser Anning getting ‘egged’ by young Will Connolly (affectionately known a “Egg Boy”) on Saturday….

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Criminal Law

By Anna Bennett

17.03.19

Pell guilty in the Court of public opinion, perhaps not guilty in the Court of law

A key concept of criminal law which lawyers, law students and the general population alike find incredibly difficult to grasp, is the reality that committing a criminal act, is not unequivocally synonymous with…

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