Payne Haas Sentenced for Intimidating Police In NSW Tweed Heads Local Court

  It is reported that in January Brisbane Broncos star Payne Haas intimidated two police officers during a drunken foul-mouthed tirade on the streets of Tweed Heads, northern NSW. The 22-year-old NSW Origin forward was also charged with using offensive language. While the offensive language charge was withdrawn by the prosecution, Haas was sentenced after ...continue reading

Statute of Limitations in Australia

Court proceedings for a criminal or traffic charge in NSW commence in court when a ‘court attendance notice’ is issued and filed. It is also known as the formal charge. The statute of limitations in NSW, Australia, apply to certain charges called ‘summary offences’ which have a time limit for when police can charge a ...continue reading

Victorian medicinal cannabis users could soon be able to drive with cannabis in their system

Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   Victorian patients using medicinal cannabis may soon be able to drive with the substance in their systems, following proposed reforms to the state’s drug-driving laws. The change comes as an Australian first, and would incorporate the views of Ministers, police, doctors, and other health experts with an expectation that ...continue reading

Should Australia Legalise Cannabis?: An Interview with Michael Balderstone, Leader of the HEMP Party

Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   As the one-year anniversary of marijuana’s legalisation in ACT and New Zealand’s upcoming referendum on legalising cannabis loom, it prompts consideration surrounding legalisation of the plant Australia-wide. On October 17, New Zealanders will vote in a referendum that will determine whether the growing, sale and consumption of cannabis for ...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

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

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

Two Men Snorted Cocaine in Front of Police Have Pleaded Guilty and Sentenced with a Non-Conviction

By Poppy Morandin & Jimmy Singh.   It would seem reasonable to assume that individuals would know better than to snort cocaine in plain sight and in front of police. However, 26-year-olds Mitchell Anthony Price and Keegan Brendan Moore seemed none the wiser to this fact as they embarked on a night out at Jerrabomberra ...continue reading

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

  From 30 March 2020, the District Court have implemented a number of changes to the way in which criminal cases are heard during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to remain up to date as arrangements are likely to continue to change. If you have a criminal matter in the District Court currently, please ...continue reading

Is it a Crime to Perform a Sex Act Near a School in NSW?

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Last week, a man and a woman were charged after allegedly being caught performing a sexual act near a primary school in Sydney’s inner west. The Weekly Times reports that at about 8:30am on 17 February 2020, police were called to Weekley Park in Stanmore after the couple ...continue reading

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