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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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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Criminal Law

By Bridie Harders

12.03.19

Are suppression orders now a fallacy and if so, what should we do about it?

The availability of suppression orders in criminal proceedings has been considered, by some, to be a controversial concept. There is the tension between the need to administer justice in an open and transparent…

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Criminal Law

By Carley Hitchins

03.03.19

New laws to compel adults to report child sexual abuse or face imprisonment

A new law touted by the ACT Government in recent weeks proposes to make it a crime for any adult in Canberra, who believes on reasonable grounds that a child has suffered sexual…

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Criminal Law  .  News & Current Affairs

By Charlene Harris

18.02.19

Anonymous Tips

The community has long been encouraged to report suspicious activity to police.  The ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign is one of the more recent examples of this kind of community engagement.  Through this campaign,…

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Criminal Law

By Peter Woodhouse

15.02.19

Informer 3838: an update

The Victorian Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants kicked off this morning in Melbourne and from the opening statements of Royal Commissioner Margaret McMurdo AC and Counsel Assisting the Commission Chris…

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Criminal Law  .  News & Current Affairs

By Zoe Jones

11.02.19

The Royal Banking Commission – who is going to be charged, and when?

On 4 February 2019, the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry (“the Commission”) released its final report to address misconduct in the Australian banking sector. The Commissioner,…

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Criminal Law

By Satomi Hamon

01.02.19

Public sex offender register won’t protect our children

Currently access to the sex offenders register in Australia is limited closed to police and Government authorities – so, should it be made public? Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has recently flagged plans…

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