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

How Does COVID-19 Affect Bail Applications in NSW?

By Fouad Awada and Jimmy Singh.   On 30 March 2020, the Supreme Court of New South Wales handed down a decision granting conditional bail to Mr Abdul Rakielbakhour who was accused and charged with serious domestic violence charges. Mr Rakielbakhour was arrested and charged with common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, alleged ...continue reading

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

241,000 is the number that has been given to NSW Police Officers, representing the quota for conducting personal searches, including strip searches on people for the 2019 financial year. In fact, in 2019, NSW Police failed to meet its quota  by just under 2000 searches. NSW Greens managed to obtained the shocking revelation through the ...continue reading

What is a Criminal Lawyers’ Role?

  Criminal lawyers represent people from all walks of life. Unfortunately, movies and TV shows have portrayed criminal lawyers in a bad light, prompting members of the public asking the question criminal lawyers get asked too often, “but how can you defend a criminal?”, or “how can you defend a guilty person?”. Too often we ...continue reading

What is the Maximum Sentence for Possessing Child Abuse Material?

  It’s reported that a 30-year-old man allegedly possessed a child-like sex doll in his home in South Australia. He is also alleged to have ordered various children’s clothes, which included child underwear, swimwear and school uniforms. Authorities were given a tip off from PayPal Australia and NSW Police, which instigated an investigation by South ...continue reading

Law, Penalties & Defences for Possessing Child Pornography

  He is amongst New Zealand’s richest, not to mention one of the most well-known and respected amongst businessmen, Sir Rob Brierley who is reported to have been approached and arrested by police at the Sydney International airport before being charged with allegedly possessing child pornography. Considered an elite businessman, the 82-year-old man started R ...continue reading

The Law on Importing Sexual Child Abuse Material into Australia

  It is reported that a 40-year-old man from Perth allegedly travelled from Singapore to Perth with sexual child abuse material contained on his mobile phone. Following a bag examination by Australian Border Force, upon his arrival to Perth Airport, the 40-year-old man was found to have 41 images plus four videos of alleged sexual ...continue reading

The Law & Penalties for Engaging in Sexual Activity or Intercourse with a Child Outside Australia

  It is reported that 33-year-old convicted paedophile Richard Huckle was discovered dead in his prison cell in Yorkshire on 13 October. Reports indicate that Huckle was stabbed to death. While his death was confirmed by a prison service spokesman, police are still investigating the suspicious death. Richard Huckle was a photographer and held an ...continue reading

The Penalties for the Production of Child Pornography in Australia

  A 37-year-old Sydney man has appeared at the Blacktown Local Court last week after facing numerous counts of child abuse material, including the production and possession of child abuse material. Following an investigation by the NSW Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team, the 37-year-old Sydney man from Marayong was arrested after police executed a search ...continue reading

A Guide on the Penalties for Producing Child Pornography in NSW

  It’s reported that enforcement authorities have discovered a studio containing cameras, lighting and editing equipment alleged to be used to produce child pornography of girls aged as low as 8. While some of the girls involved are provided with counselling, ECPAT-USA who is the head of anti-trafficking group state that the efficiency in which ...continue reading

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