NSW Police Aim to Conduct 200,000 Mobile Drug Tests Representing an Increase From the Previous Year

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   It has been revealed that NSW Police have set a target to detect almost 300,000 crimes this year and are using area-specific goals to achieve this result. The approach covers a number of detections in numerous categories of crime including theft, robbery, sexual assault, and drug detection. The ...continue reading

Two Teenagers Charged with Robbery While in Company in Bondi Junction

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Two boys in their teens have been charged over an alleged armed robbery of an EzyMart convenience store in Bondi Junction in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, which took place last month. According to a statement released by NSW Police Force, just before 3am on 17 June 2020, officers attached ...continue reading

Law on Correctional Employees Engaging in Sexual Conduct or Intimate Relationship with Inmates in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A Sydney prison guard is facing the grim possibility of two years behind bars over an alleged sexual relationship she had with an inmate that continued for several months in the confines of a Western Sydney jail. Melissa Goodwin was provisionally stood down in May 2020 by her ...continue reading

German International Student Charged for Breaking and Entering and Committing Serious Indictable Offence

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   For German international student, Paul Kuhn, the temptation to wander around a museum in the middle of the night – and take a bunch of selfies with dinosaurs in the process – was all too real. So alluring was the idea that in the early hours of 10 ...continue reading

Jury Trials Return to NSW After a 3-Month Freeze

By Poppy Morandin & Jimmy Singh.   With COVID-19 related restrictions easing and business seemingly returning to normal for most of New South Wales, the District Court has begun criminal trials before juries again. The return will be done under strict measures including temperature checks and screening questions for jurors, in order to prevent individuals ...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

NSW Police Facing Class Action Over Strip Search Practices

By Poppy Morandin & Jimmy Singh.   Redfern Legal Centre in collaboration with Slater and Gordon have recently announced their intention to mount a class action against NSW Police in relation to the unlawful utilisation of search powers, particularly strip searches. They seek to obtain compensation for the supposed thousands of individuals that have been ...continue reading

Law on Possessing a Stolen Dog in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   An 11-week-old Rottweiler puppy named “Buddy” has been reunited with his owners after he was stolen from his home in Ipswich, Queensland, thanks to the help of a tip-off from a member of the public and some teamwork from Springfield police. The Brisbane Times reports that on 3 ...continue reading

Man Gets Sentenced for Break, Enter & Commit Serious Indictable Offence After Smashing Pumpkins

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It was far from a convivial day for a carnival worker who, for some out-of-this-world reason, allegedly decided he would go on a vegetable rampage at the very carnival he worked at, smashing all of the pumpkins he could find and smearing vegetables everywhere. The incident at hand ...continue reading

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