Can Police Enter Your Home or Private Property in NSW? What the Law Says

Poppy Morandin. Image credit: Petar B photography   Three men have been charged following an altercation in Auburn, when an officer ended up deploying pepper spray. It is reported that around 11.10pm on 31 July 2021, officers from the Auburn Police Area Command’s Proactive Crime Team were patrolling Mclean Street, Auburn. They approached a car ...continue reading

Rami Ykmour Rashays Arrest: CDLA’s Legal Breakdown of the Chester Hill Office Situation

Image credit: Rashays Facebook page. Rashays founder Rami Ykmour was approached by at least 8 NSW police officers at his Chester Hill office on 8 July 2021 at about 3:30pm. Police initially attended the office after allegedly receiving an anonymous call complaining that staff were breaching the mandatory face mask orders inside the Rashays Chester ...continue reading

How Much Force Can Police Use in NSW?

Poppy Morandin.   Indigenous activists hope that the murder conviction of Derek Chauvin in America may help bring change to Australia’s legal system and its treatment of Indigenous deaths in custody. The conviction of the former police officer has been dubbed a ‘historic’ moment for America. Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree ...continue reading

Obstructing Traffic Offences & Defences in NSW

Credit image: Igor Corovic Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Sydney’s CBD has tumbled into turmoil once again following an incident in which almost 30 Extinction Rebellion protesters blocked some of the city’s busiest roads. In the midst of morning peak hour on Monday 29 March 2021, protesters were discovered chained to barrels and some even ...continue reading

Law on How Much Force Police Can Use in NSW

Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   A young man shot dead by Queensland Police on the Logan Motorway has been linked to the murder of an elderly couple in their Brisbane home. After the bodies were discovered, officers attended to doorknocking neighbouring homes in the Parkinson area to determine whether there were any more victims. ...continue reading

Law on Wounding or Causing Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent to Resist Arrest: Man in Stolen Maserati Charged after Stabbing Senior Constable with Screwdriver

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A passenger who was travelling in a stolen Maserati that caused a police pursuit through Macquarie Fields in Sydney’s south-west has been arrested after he allegedly stabbed a police officer with a screwdriver. NSW Police allege the incident took place around 10am on Thursday 22 October 2020 when police ...continue reading

NSW Police Commissioner Defends Officers Who Performed ‘Unlawful’ Arrest on Curtis Scott

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has sought to defend the actions of police officers involved in the wrongful arrest of NRL player Curtis Scott. The bodycam footage of the arrest shown in court sparked outrage, with it depicting Scott, who was passed out drunk at the foot of ...continue reading

Latest BOSCAR statistics and the need for greater focus on rehabilitation: An interview with Deputy Mayor of Dubbo and Barrister Stephen Lawrence

By Poppy Morandin.   Recent release of crime statistics detailing a quarterly update for this year, have revealed that crime across most of NSW has remained stable or fallen in the two years to June 2020. A major exception to this finding was within the crime category of sexual assault, which has risen 9.4% over ...continue reading

Law and Penalties for Inciting or Urging Violence in Australia

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   Images of Victorian Police handcuffing a pregnant woman have sparked outrage, after she was arrested and charged with incitement over a Facebook post. Video of the arrest was posted online and showcases the pregnant young mother, 28-year-old Zoe Buhler, in her home, in her pyjamas and arguing with ...continue reading

Section 32 Mental Health Applications now Replaced by Section 14 to Get Criminal Charges Dismissed in Court

There is an available legislative framework for a NSW court to determine criminal proceedings where the accused or defendant has mental health issues relevant to the case. This legislative framework is echoed in the old Act called The Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (NSW) (‘The Act’). It is a response to the increasing contact with ...continue reading

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