Criminal Law

By Peter Woodhouse


ACT Bill to legalise cannabis – a half-cocked approach

We saw the introduction of a bill into the Legislative Assembly last week by ACT Labor backbencher Michael Pettersson seeking to legalise cannabis for personal use.  Whilst the legalisation of cannabis is a…

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Civil Law

By Tegan Larter


Plan ahead for when you’re dead or you’ll be rolling in your grave

You’ve lived a great life, achieved everything you’ve set out to achieve, and prepared a will leaving your estate exactly where you want it to go. So that’s it, right? You die and…

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Criminal Law

By Claire Osborne


What happened to Phoebe Handsjuk?

What happened to Phoebe Handsjuk, Trudie Adams, Lyn Dawson and baby Tegan? There has been a resurgence in the popularity of mainstream media in Australia asking questions like these for under the guise…

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Criminal Law

By Carley Hitchins


Open Justice is a fundamental concept in our legal system – but should it cut both ways?

The current law in Tasmania and the Northern Territory prohibits the publication of information likely to identify the complainant in sexual offences cases, even with their consent. The law was originally intended encourage…

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Criminal Law

By Zoe Jones


Family violence orders: a double-edged sword

In an era where police are increasingly vigilant of domestic violence (now referred to as “family violence”), and the media bleat statistics of intimate partner violence causing more deaths than any other risk…

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Civil Law  .  News & Current Affairs

By Caitlin Holloway


Running your mouth on social media could run your wallet dry

When we think about the law of defamation, we often think of celebrities and other high-flyers taking on large media corporations for defamatory stories and articles made in print and television media. These…

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Criminal Law

By Charlene Harris


“But I didn’t press charges!” Why police will arrest your partner regardless.

You make a report to police about your partner’s conduct toward you.  You don’t want to press charges but police charge your partner anyway.  This is a common story, and it is particularly…

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Criminal Law

By Sai Ranjit


Could your poor grammar sink you in a murder trial?

The use of different types of forensic evidence is starting to gain greater traction in Australian Courts, particularly as the use of different technologies become more accepted and more reliable.  As the use…

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News  .  Criminal Law

By Satomi Hamon


Trial by Media NOT a Fair Trial

‘Trial by media’ is a phrase that gets tossed around ever-increasingly, particularly as a result of the rise and rise of social media.  In essence, it refers to the commercial and social media…

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Civil Law

By Stefan Russell-Uren


Casual Employment in the Hospitality Sector

Working for a restaurant is a rite of passage for students. I haven’t met a young professional who didn’t work in the industry at one point or another. The reason that most students…

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