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

Law on Filming a Person’s Private Parts in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A Sydney man who served a 12-year jail sentence for terrorism offences now finds himself on charges of filming up the skirts of two women in Kmart stores. It is reported that in January 2020, Mazen Touma allegedly committed the offences, some two months are completing his parole. ...continue reading

Law on Peeping or Prying in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A 51-year-old man has been arrested after he was allegedly caught peeping through a bedroom window at a woman as she lay asleep in her Stanmore home in Sydney’s Inner West. NSW Police informs that at around 2:00am on 31 March 2020, a 25-year-old law student woke up ...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

Man Charged with Filming a Person Without Consent in Sydney

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   This week, it was reported that a 49-year-old man was arrested at a brothel in Surry Hills after he was caught filming a 23-year-old woman without consent. On 17 February 2020, shortly after 6pm, Police officers from the Surry Hills Police Area Command responded to a job to ...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

Charges, Sentencing and Defences for Filming a Person Engaged in a Private Act in NSW

  It is reported that 52-year-old chiropractor, Peter Snodgrass secretly video recorded many of his clients for a period between 2012 and 2017 for his own sexual gratification. The court heard that he he commenced this offending behaviour using his mobile phone when he first took a photo of a patient he was massaging. He ...continue reading

Is it Legal to Make a Citizen’s Arrest in NSW?

  It is reported that a man with a large knife in Sydney CBD has allegedly attempted to stab people on Tuesday. Causing the Sydney CBD to go into lockdown, the incident unfolded close to the corner of Clarence and King Street when a man who was reportedly armed with a machete went on a ...continue reading

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