Criminal Lawyer ‘Targeted’ by Strike Force Raptor Officers: Perverting the Course of Justice Offences & Defences NSW

Image credit: Rose Makin Poppy Morandin & Jimmy Singh.   The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission has revealed that a now retired senior police officer directed officers to intimidate a defence lawyer, representing a client in a case against Strike Force Raptor. The lawyer was representing an accused person alleged to be a member of an ...continue reading

What the Law Says if You Attempt to Help Someone Escape the Country to Avoid Attending Court

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A mother from central Queensland has been sentenced to four years behind bars for her role in helping her son escape Australia by yacht so that he could side-step facing court over serious drug trafficking charges. Elizabeth Turner faced the District Court in Brisbane via video link from Townsville ...continue reading

Federal Government Seeking to Ban Refugees from Utilising Phones

By Poppy Morandin.   A proposed bill by the Federal Government may effectively further liken the experience of refugees in detention centres to individuals within corrective centres. The Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2020 will allow mobile phones and other internet-capable devices to be deemed “prohibited items”, the searching of detainees ...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

NSW Police Leak Private Information of Complainants

By Poppy Morandin.   The NSW Police have leaked the emails of over 150 complainants who contacted them in order to raise concerns regarding officer’s use of force following the Sydney Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday, 6 June. Samuel Leighton-Dore was not present at the confrontation between the protestors and police at Central Station, ...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

Minister David Elliot Cleared of Impersonating Police Officer by Internal Review Without Following Proper Process

By Poppy Morandin.   An internal review into Police Minister David Elliott allegedly impersonating a police officer in a road-rage incident with a P-plater, has cleared him of wrongdoing before consulting legal advice. Last October, the Minister’s car was allegedly clipped by a young man on Windsor Road in Baulkham Hills, with both cars progressing ...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

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

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