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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Criminal Law

By Charlene Harris

19.05.20

A Knee Jerk Reaction to Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is soon to become an offence in itself in the ACT.  At first blush, that sounds like progress – after all, shouldn’t we be protecting our elderly and vulnerable?  In short,…

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Criminal Law

By Carley Hitchins

24.04.20

Dodgy Police Warrant Ruled Invalid by the High Court

You don’t need to have watched many crime TV shows to appreciate how important search warrants are. As Lord Denning MR memorably stated in Southam v Smout [1964] 1 QB 308 at 320, cited with approval…

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Criminal Law

By Peter Woodhouse

16.04.20

Criminal and family law interplay: you need a master in your corner.

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘jack of all trades but master of none’ before.  Sometimes you need a master: a specialist in a particular area that is an expert in that field.  In…

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Criminal Law

By Peter Woodhouse

24.03.20

Criminal Matters

We understand that the following months will be unpredictable and daunting for all of us. It’s incumbent on us to do what we can in this climate to help others and see we…

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