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

Law and Penalties for Damaging or Defacing Trains and Train Stations in NSW

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   A 35-year-old council worker has been charged following an extensive investigation into instances of malicious damage at train stations across Sydney. The Police Transport Command Target Action Group begun inquiries in December 2019 after instances of graffiti occurred at multiple stations including Kingsgrove, Port Kembla, Blacktown, and Eveleigh. ...continue reading

Inquest Into the Death of Indigenous Man in Custody Highlights the Need for Change: An Exclusive Interview with Barrister Stephen Lawrence from The Wigs

By Poppy Morandin.   Following recent weeks in which Indigenous deaths in custody have been at the forefront of discussion, an inquest has heard that a treating nurse of an Indigenous man who died in his cell at Tamworth Correctional Centre was not informed of his seizures. In September 2017, Tane Chatfield died following being ...continue reading

Police Hunt Underway for Youths Throwing Rocks at Vehicles in Darwin as Six-Year-Old Girl Narrowly Escapes Injury

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   At least 20 cars have been damaged while a six-year-old girl has narrowly escaped injury after youths spent over an hour launching rocks in Darwin last week. The Katherine Times reports that on 28 June 2020, from 7:25pm to 8:33pm, a group of youths pelted rocks at cars ...continue reading

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

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

Videos Show Sydney Man Kicking Dog Five Times in the Face and Calling Him “Little C***”

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It’s not uncommon for some degree of jealousy to play out in relationships. Indeed, most of us can relate to having felt the emotion, and for some of us, we’re even flattered when our partner displays it, taking it as a sign of love. Nevertheless, when jealousy goes ...continue reading

Two Women Arrested for Allegedly Defacing a Statue Considered a ‘Public Place’ in Sydney

  It is reported that two woman have been arrested and charged for allegedly defacing the Captain Cook statue in Sydney’s CBD. At about 4am Sunday morning, police were contacted in respect to the statue in Sydney’s Hyde Park. The two women aged 27 and 28 were arrested on College Street in Sydney CBD, not ...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

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