Is it Legal to Make a Citizen’s Arrest in NSW?

  It is reported that a man with a large knife in Sydney CBD has allegedly attempted to stab people on Tuesday. Causing the Sydney CBD to go into lockdown, the incident unfolded close to the corner of Clarence and King Street when a man who was reportedly armed with a machete went on a ...continue reading

A Guide on the Law and Penalties for Acts that Cause Harm to People in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   As criminal law cases over time have revealed, there are countless ways in which a person can intentionally or recklessly cause physical harm to another person. The most direct way in which this tends to occur is through someone physically assaulting another person, say, by punching them or ...continue reading

A Guide on Common Assault Offences in NSW

  It is reported that 26-year-old Luke James Munday who was charged with assaulting his pregnant partner following an argument in their home, which was accidentally live streamed online as he was playing an online video game, has now pleaded guilty in court. In December 2018, Luke, a Telstra engineer, was streaming his online video ...continue reading

The Law on Punishing Your Child Under the Defence of Lawful Correction in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   On 3 July 2019, a 35-year-old mother was convicted of common assault after smacking her daughter with a wooden spoon. Referred to only by her first name, Tania faced a Perth court over the incident, which occurred in her home in Ellenbrook last year. According to her lawyer, ...continue reading

What is a Common Assault Charge in NSW?

  It is reported that following 3 internal police investigations who had initially cleared Senior Constable Grantley James Keenan of any wrongdoing, the senior officer was then investigated by the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC). Following the CCC report from the investigation, the officer was stood aside. The CCC produced a report which ultimately found ...continue reading

A Guide on Your Right to Silence When Approached by Police

By Scott Feeney and Jimmy Singh.   The Brazilian Military Police were ready. The raid was about to take place in the northeast of the country, in the low-income community of Vila Irma Dulce. It was Monday the 22nd of April, and while on a regular patrol of their beat, the police observed a man ...continue reading

What is the Law and Penalties for Domestic Violence in NSW?

  It is reported that a 24-year-old woman, Toyah Cordingley was found dead on Wangetti Beach in North Queensland in October 2018. She drove to the beach with her dog but never returned home. Upon inspection of her body, police announced that there appeared to be violent related injuries on her. Detective Senior Sergeant Ed ...continue reading

What are the Penalties and Defences for Common Assault in NSW?

  A 46-year-old Senior ranking police officer of the Western Australia Police Force is charged with two counts of common assault for tasering a driver in Fremantle, WA. Senior Constable Keenan, who has twenty-five years of experience as a police officer under his belt, was depicted in a disturbing footage tasering a defenceless driver who ...continue reading

New NSW Sentencing Penalty Introduced: The New ‘Intensive Corrections Orders’

  On 24 October 2017, Parliament in NSW assented to the amending legislation which effectively changed the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (NSW). As of 24 September 2018, three major new sentencing options were introduced into NSW. A Magistrate or Judge can now impose any one of these new sentencing or penalty options for traffic ...continue reading

New Sentencing Option Introduced in NSW: ‘Community Correction Orders’

Our previous blog outlined how the ‘section 10 bond’ has now replaced the new ‘conditional release order’ as a new sentencing option in NSW for criminal and traffic offences. This blog outlines a further new sentencing option called a ‘community corrections order’ which effectively replaces the old ‘section 9 bond’ and ‘community service order’ penalties, ...continue reading

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