Mental Health Defence

What is a Criminal Lawyers’ Role?

What happens when a criminal lawyer comes across a client who confesses guilt but maintains a plea of ‘not guilty’? “I did It, but I want you to defend me”.

Mental Health Defence of Substantial Impairment by Abnormality of Mind in NSW

27-yr-old Sydney woman has stabbed her mother at least 100 times before taking off her head inside their St Clair home has been found ‘not guilty’ of murder

Merit Program: The NSW Courts Diversionary Pathway for Drug & Alcohol Addicts

How does the Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment Program work for those suffering drug and alcohol addiction who find themselves facing criminal charges? Click here…

Section 32 Mental Health Applications now Replaced by Section 14 to Get Criminal Charges Dismissed in Court

The new laws on section 32 mental health diversionary pathways for defendants facing criminal charge(s) in NSW Courts. Click here for more…

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

Decision to raise the age of criminal responsibility has been deferred until at least 2021. What's the current age of criminal responsibility for a child? Click here to find out...

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

The last minute appeal that authorised the ‘Black Lives Matter Protest’ in NSW: an exclusive interview with The Wigs’ barrister Stephen Lawrence.

NSW Police Facing Class Action Over Strip Search Practices

An enquiry into the police misuse of strip searches heard evidence that a 16-year-old girl was forced to squat and observed from ‘underneath’ by an officer.

How Does COVID-19 Affect Bail Applications in NSW?

How Coronavirus led the Supreme Court to grant bail to Mr. Rakielbakhour after he allegedly repeatedly punched his wife’s face and body, causing injuries.

COVID-19 – Key Changes Made by District Courts Affecting all Criminal and Traffic Cases in NSW

A guide on the key changes the NSW District Courts are making in response to COVID-19, and how it affects all criminal and traffic cases.

What are the Rules Around NSW Police Strip Searching a Person?

Police officers in NSW have been given a quota to conduct 241,632 personal searches including strip searches on people. Read on for more…

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