A Guide on the Law on Making Hoax Bomb Threats in Australia?

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Given today’s security-conscious times, particularly in the face of mounting terrorism, it’s not surprising that jokes and inappropriate statements about false bomb threats are no longer tolerated. Indeed, a seemingly flippant gag may humour the joker. But for the people facing the possibility of a bomb threat, it ...continue reading

A Guide on the Penalties for Harassing, Offending or Menacing Using a Phone

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Harassing or offending phone calls can be one of the most stressful and alarming events a person experiences in terms of their privacy. From calls that are threatening to those simply unwanted, harassment via phone – or even text messages and other communication platforms – is both abusive ...continue reading

The Law on Using a Carriage Service to Make a Hoax Threat in Australia

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Australians love a good jest. Not only is it ingrained in our culture, for many of us, when discussing or dealing with serious matters, it is considered the “Australian way” to make light of a sombre affair by making some sort of amusing remark about it or simply ...continue reading

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 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

The Law and Penalties for Racial Discrimination in Australia

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   From complaints about Aboriginals being called a “black c**t” to claims that Jewish people who are offended by Holocaust denial are of “limited intelligence”, the Racial Discrimination Act has witnessed a long and checkered history. While some cases have governed against remarks of racial hatred, many complaints associated ...continue reading

The Law on Using a Carriage Service to Offend, Menace or Harass in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It’s not every day that you hear of police officers engaging in misbehaviour and abusing their position of power in an improper or illegal act. It is equally puzzling to consider what exactly enables some officers to engage in despicable behaviour when the majority of their peers conduct ...continue reading

What is the Law and Penalties for Cyber Bullying and Online Trolling in NSW?

  Offences of intimidation or stalking are considered to be treated very seriously by NSW Courts. The Courts have expressed many times that every person is entitled to feel safe. There has been a significant rise in victims being threatened and harassed online through social media. The impact of this can be psychologically damaging which ...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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