Latest BOSCAR statistics and the need for greater focus on rehabilitation: An interview with Deputy Mayor of Dubbo and Barrister Stephen Lawrence

By Poppy Morandin.   Recent release of crime statistics detailing a quarterly update for this year, have revealed that crime across most of NSW has remained stable or fallen in the two years to June 2020. A major exception to this finding was within the crime category of sexual assault, which has risen 9.4% over ...continue reading

NSW Teacher Charged With Child Grooming Offences

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   A 27-year-old man who formerly worked as a student teacher has been charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old female student. The arrest followed an investigation by the Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad beginning in June of this year, after the alleged victim reported that ...continue reading

Penalties on Publishing the Identity of Sexual Assault Survivors in NSW: Interview with Sexual Abuse Survivor, Activist and Jewish Community Leader Manny Waks

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   Changes to Victoria’s Judicial Proceedings Reports Act have stopped survivors of sexual assault in Victoria from utilising their real names when publicly sharing their stories of abuse. The recent changes, which took effect in February 2020, mean that it is now an offence for victims, as well as ...continue reading

The New Laws on Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System: The Diversionary Pathway

  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 Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (NSW) (‘The Act’). It is a response to the increasing contact with the criminal ...continue reading

Abducting a Child Penalties in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A 65-year-old man who approached a six-year-old girl outside a primary school in regional Victoria while on his mobility scooter in an attempt to abduct and sexually assault her has been jailed for six years. Ian Hooper of Mildura went to the school on his mobility scooter one ...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

Jury Trials Return to NSW After a 3-Month Freeze

By Poppy Morandin & Jimmy Singh.   With COVID-19 related restrictions easing and business seemingly returning to normal for most of New South Wales, the District Court has begun criminal trials before juries again. The return will be done under strict measures including temperature checks and screening questions for jurors, in order to prevent individuals ...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

NSW Police Facing Class Action Over Strip Search Practices

By Poppy Morandin & Jimmy Singh.   Redfern Legal Centre in collaboration with Slater and Gordon have recently announced their intention to mount a class action against NSW Police in relation to the unlawful utilisation of search powers, particularly strip searches. They seek to obtain compensation for the supposed thousands of individuals that have been ...continue reading

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