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

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

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

International Student Accused of Placing Camera in University Shower Cubicle Charged for Filming Person Engaged in Private Act

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   An international student accused of installing a hidden camera in a communal shower cubicle at an on-campus residence at the Australian National University in Canberra has been released on bail. According to news reports, on 1 July 2020, Junqi Huang – dubbed a “super brain” mathematics student – ...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

NSW Man Charged with Peeping into Wagga Wagga Home Before Punching Police Officer

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A 34-year-old man from NSW has been charged after he was allegedly caught peeping into a home in the state’s Riverina region before assaulting a police officer. NSW Police reports that on 15 June 2020, officers were called to a home in Mount Austin following statements a man ...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

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

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