Criminal Law

By Andrew Byrnes

11.07.19

Big Brother is watching – a lesson from the Fortnite live-stream incident

On Monday 8 July 2019, a Sydney man, Luke Munday, pleaded guilty to an offence of common assault on his pregnant partner. The events to which Mr Munday pleaded guilty caused a serious…

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Criminal Law

By Zoe Jones

26.06.19

Having a great time in bed, get an STI instead – criminal consequences for offenders transmitting diseases in the Australian Capital Territory

Horror stories have appeared around the globe in relation to unsuspecting persons being infected with serious sexually transmitted infections (“STIs”). It is the stuff of nightmares – waking up and realising you have…

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Criminal Law

By Peter Woodhouse

13.06.19

Do you recognise this person? 

The danger of using Facebook as a means of identifying suspects. Apparently, 2.7 billion people use Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram or Messenger each month and more than 2.1 billion use at least one of…

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Criminal Law

By Satomi Hamon

11.06.19

The Pell Appeal – in a nutshell

Catholic Cardinal George Pell is currently serving a 6-year gaol term for sexually abusing two choirboys when he was archbishop of Melbourne in the 1990s. In December 2018, a jury found Pell guilty…

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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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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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