Criminal Law

By Peter Woodhouse

03.09.21

NSW jails are a COVID tinderbox and may now have the spark!

Since the start of the pandemic in early 2020, authorities, including those in Australia, have accepted that an outbreak of COVID-19 in the jail environment could have catastrophic consequences for the prison population…

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Criminal Law

By Carley Hitchins

31.08.21

Family Violence Law Reforms

The Reform On 11 August 2021, the Crimes Legislation Amendment Act 2021 (No 2) (“the Act”) received notification. The Act makes several amendments to crime legislation in the ACT, most notably the addition…

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Law Updates  .  Criminal Law

By Charlene Harris

26.07.21

Sticks and stones may break bones, but words … can now also be prosecuted

Last week, the Senate passed legislation which will hold big tech companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, responsible for offensive or harmful content posted on their platforms.  The Online Safety Bill both consolidates…

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Criminal Law

By Peter Woodhouse

28.06.21

Operation Ironside and AN0M

The AFP would sure want to have their ducks in a row. A lot of people were stunned, a lot of people got arrested and there was a lot of chest thumping and…

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Criminal Law

By Carley Hitchins

14.05.21

Can you be a feminist criminal defence lawyer?

I remember sitting in a tutorial at university after having disclosed to one of my peers that I worked in criminal defence. My peer shrieked and asked the question every criminal defence lawyer…

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Criminal Law

By Satomi Hamon

19.04.21

George Floyd murder trial: What is the defence?

On 25 May 2020, Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis police officer at the time, pinned George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, to the ground by the neck with his knee for 9 minutes and…

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Criminal Law

By Erin Taylor

01.04.21

What’s in a name? “Nemesis” and “Raptor”: Good cop or bad cop?

There has been a lot of talk lately about the “rule of law” and it being the core of our legal system. At its most basic, the “rule of law” is the principle…

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Criminal Law

By Ben Aulich

23.03.21

Push for child sex doll offences to lead to registration on Sex Offender Register

Fairly recently the Commonwealth introduced an offence for possession of a child sex doll or similar object per section 273A of the Criminal Code 1995. It carries a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment….

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Criminal Law

By Charlene Harris

01.02.21

Say Goodbye to Private Prisons

President Joe Biden has made a move to stop private corporations profiting from incarceration, ordering the Department of Justice not to renew its contracts with privately operated criminal detention facilities.  In time, this…

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Criminal Law

By Mara Dodson

21.09.20

Capital Punishment: Things to know today

Another US Presidential Cycle, another discussion of the Big Issues. As usual, Capital Punishment is right up there. In short compass, Joe Biden and the Democrats say abolish it. In a surprise to…

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