Making or Using Counterfeit Money Offences & Defences in NSW

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   In March 2021, shoppers and traders across Tasmania were being urged to be vigilant after reports surfaced that counterfeit money was floating amongst the community. In particular, it was found that businesses on the northwest coast were experiencing a spike in counterfeit notes being tendered. Tasmania Police jumped on ...continue reading

Law on Making False Declarations in NSW | Demerit Point Fraud Offences

  61-year-old former South Australian Magistrate Bob Harrap has pressured his partner, a police prosecutor, and a court clerk into the blame for his demerit points. Harrap also pleaded guilty to being involved in corruption in relation to court proceedings involving a close friend, who is a lawyer. It’s reported that the former Local Court ...continue reading

Queensland Mum Charged with Fraud Over Misusing Public Donations for Her Son’s Funeral

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A mother from Townsville in Queensland’s north whose son died in a car crash has been charged with fraud after it was discovered she allegedly misused the public funds raised for his funeral on gambling and a shopping spree. On June 18 2020, Lesley-Lee Hill attended the funeral of ...continue reading

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

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

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

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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