Law on Police Using Tasers in NSW: Indigenous Man Tasered in Face by Police

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   An Indigenous man has been tasered in the face at close range by an NSW Police Officer, during an arrest in Paddington. Footage of the arrest has gone viral on social media. It shows Mr Lovelock on his knees with his hands stretched out. Officers then try to ...continue reading

Law on Police Use of Pepper Spray in NSW

By Poppy Morandin & Jimmy Singh.                                        The deployment of pepper spray on protestors following the Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney, has sparked concerns regarding the way in which the NSW Police Force uses such a tool. The day was largely characterised as a peaceful protest, following the public assembly’s last-minute authorisation from the ...continue reading

Law on NSW Police Arrest Powers

  In NSW, a police officer is allowed to use force when exercising their lawful powers. However, it isn’t that simple. According to section 230 of Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002 (NSW), police are allowed to use such force as is reasonably necessary for purposes of exercising one of their powers as a ...continue reading

Law on Australia’s Right to Hold Public Assemblies

By Poppy Morandin & Jimmy Singh.   The death of George Floyd has inspired protesters to take to the streets, across the USA and globally, to campaign against systematic racism and demand stronger police accountability. In performing an arrest of Floyd, officer Derek Chauvin defied police protocol and all sense by kneeling upon the victim’s ...continue reading

When Can Police Use Force Under the Law in NSW?

By Poppy Morandin & Jimmy Singh.   A Victorian police officer has been found to have used reasonable force in punching a handcuffed 15-year-old girl in the head, at a pro-marijuana rally in Melbourne last year. Allegedly, the teenager spat at the female officer, who retaliated with the hit. Before this occurred, the teenager had ...continue reading

How Does COVID-19 Affect Bail Applications in NSW?

By Fouad Awada and Jimmy Singh.   On 30 March 2020, the Supreme Court of New South Wales handed down a decision granting conditional bail to Mr Abdul Rakielbakhour who was accused and charged with serious domestic violence charges. Mr Rakielbakhour was arrested and charged with common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, alleged ...continue reading

What are the Rules Around NSW Police Strip Searching a Person?

241,000 is the number that has been given to NSW Police Officers, representing the quota for conducting personal searches, including strip searches on people for the 2019 financial year. In fact, in 2019, NSW Police failed to meet its quota  by just under 2000 searches. NSW Greens managed to obtained the shocking revelation through the ...continue reading

What is a Criminal Lawyers’ Role?

  Criminal lawyers represent people from all walks of life. Unfortunately, movies and TV shows have portrayed criminal lawyers in a bad light, prompting members of the public asking the question criminal lawyers get asked too often, “but how can you defend a criminal?”, or “how can you defend a guilty person?”. Too often we ...continue reading

What is Self-Defence Under the Law in NSW?

  It is reported that on new year’s eve, as Pope Francis walked in Vatican City whilst greeting pilgrims on his way towards the cobble esplanade, footage has emerged of a woman from the crowd grabbing the Pope’s hand and pulling him towards her. The act appears to cause the Pope pain, as the footage ...continue reading

The Law on Strip Searches in NSW

  Imagine a sniffer dog incorrectly indicates to police that you have drugs on you outside the entrance of a music festival, which causes police to form a suspicion you have illicit drugs on you, but you actually don’t. Imagine, then police escort you away in view of everyone watching this infold, and you are ...continue reading

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