What is a Criminal Lawyers’ Role?

As criminal lawyers Sydney based, we represent people from all walks of life, says Principal lawyer at CDLA, Jimmy Singh. “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 ...continue reading

Production, Dissemination or Possession of Child Abuse Material in NSW

Poppy Morandin.   A Catholic priest in Sydney’s inner west and a police officer have been charged after an investigation into alleged possession and distribution of child abuse material. The charges follow an investigation by the Professional Standards Command in May, following reports that child abuse material was being stored and distributed on an electronic ...continue reading

Legal Consequences of Possessing Child Abuse Material

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A former relief teacher from South Australia who was caught with over 40 images and videos of child exploitation/abuse material will never teach children again, a court has been told. Dylan McCrossin, 39, appeared before Adelaide’s District Court on Wednesday 24 February 2021 for a pre-sentencing hearing after pleading ...continue reading

Guide on the Law on Producing & Possessing Child Abuse Material

  It is reported that a 43-year-old man from Illawarra has allegedly produced and possessed over 100,000 videos and images of child abuse material, also known as child pornography. Detectives attached to the Lake Illawarra Police commenced investigations in June of last year into claims that the man was producing child pornography. His electronic devices ...continue reading

NSW Police Sergeant Charged for Allegedly Accessing Child Abuse Material Online

  It is reported that a NSW police officer has allegedly accessed child abuse material on the internet. The 48-year-old sergeant is part of a specialist command and was stopped and approached by police at about lunchtime last Friday afternoon. Following the officer’s arrest, he was taken to the Fairfield police station where he was ...continue reading

Two Men From WA Charged with Importing Prohibited Tier 2 Goods of Child-Like Sex Dolls by Australian Border Force

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Two men, both in their 60s and from the coastal Western Australian city of Geraldton, have been charged with importing child-like sex dolls by the Australian Border Force (ABF). The men, aged 61 and 65, were charged by ABF officers in separate investigations that led to two air cargo ...continue reading

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

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

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