The Law on Making or Using Counterfeit or Fake Money in Australia

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   In June 2020, a police hunt commenced for a woman believed responsible for duping a string of struggling businesses with fake $50 notes at Pooraka’s Paddy’s Markets in Adelaide’s northern suburbs. Cool and composed, CCTV footage reveals the woman initially walked into a fresh food market where she ...continue reading

The New Laws on Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System: The Diversionary Pathway

  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 Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (NSW) (‘The Act’). It is a response to the increasing contact with the criminal ...continue reading

Concerns Reignited for Prisoners Amid Further Outbreaks of COVID-19

By Poppy Morandin.   There are reportedly 70 inmates in lockdown within Silverwater Correctional Complex after coming into close contact with a staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19.  Within their advocacy efforts, The Greens have issued an open letter to Anthony Roberts, Minister for Corrections detailing the “significant concerns…about the lockdown at Silverwater ...continue reading

Law on the Age of Criminal Responsibility in NSW: An Interview with Greens MP David Shoebridge

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   Despite a strong campaign to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14, the decision has been deferred to 2021, following concerns that further work needs to be done regarding processes and services for children who exhibit offending behaviour. The issue was discussed at the meeting ...continue reading

Adelaide Man Wanted for Providing False Name to Police Finally Surrenders to Threat of Unleashed Police Dog

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Vision has been captured of the moment a wanted man believed to have given a false name to police was apprehended in Adelaide’s south, with the threat of an unleashed police dog proving the last straw to finally bring the man otherwise unwilling to surrender on his knees. ...continue reading

What is Perverting the Course of Justice in NSW?

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   One of Sydney’s high-ranking members of the Comanchero outlaw motorcycle gang has been charged by police over allegations he attempted to pervert the course of justice while before the courts. According to NSW Police, the case goes back to December 2018 during which an ongoing investigation by Strike ...continue reading

Law on Obtaining Australian Driver Licence by False Statements or Dishonest Means

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A 26-year-old Afghan immigrant has had the approval for his Australian citizenship revoked after it surfaced that he had used a fake driver licence to pursue a job of becoming a truck driver. Ali Haidari travelled by boat to Australia in February 2010 and was allowed a permanent ...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

Law, Penalties and Defences for Centrelink Charges

  It is reported that 35-year-old mother, Melka Krunes from Townsville has managed to get her hands on a total of $26,018 over a period of almost 7-years from the commonwealth entity, Centrelink. The financial advantage she received by providing incorrect information to Centrelink occurred from 2011 to 2017. During that period, she had made ...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

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