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

Law & Penalties for Causing an Explosive to Explode in NSW

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   Nine men have been charged over an explosion that left a 55-year-old woman with burns to her face, hands, chest, and legs. The incident occurred at the woman’s residence in Sydney’s inner west in early June. She had noticed a fire had struck on her front balcony late ...continue reading

Naked Uncle Sprints to Chase Van Over Mistaken Kidnapping

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It’s a modern-day truth: Not all heroes wear capes. And now, it seems some don’t wear anything at all. If you were to ask 29-year-old British man, Nathan Murphy, what on earth it would take for him to brashly bolt out of his house boasting his birthday suit, ...continue reading

Interview With Charles Henderson, Deputy CEO of NSW Users & Aids Association (NUAA): Penalties for Supplying Magic Mushroom in NSW

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   A 19-year-old man faces life imprisonment after allegedly being found with 120 grams of ‘magic mushrooms’. The vehicle of the Raymond Terrace man was stopped and searched by police officers at Nelsons Plains, resulting in them allegedly uncovering more than 120 grams of the drug, a small amount ...continue reading

NSW Police Leak Private Information of Complainants

By Poppy Morandin.   The NSW Police have leaked the emails of over 150 complainants who contacted them in order to raise concerns regarding officer’s use of force following the Sydney Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday, 6 June. Samuel Leighton-Dore was not present at the confrontation between the protestors and police at Central Station, ...continue reading

Penalties for Illegally Parking in a Disabled Spot in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It’s hard to believe but lurking among us are egocentric drivers who have no issues with their mobility yet still think it’s completely normal and even acceptable to park their vehicle in a disabled space. Indeed, one may argue that drivers of this kind are a special breed ...continue reading

Man Charged After Allegedly Urinating on Captain Cook Statue in Sydney’s Hyde Park

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A man has been charged with wilfully damaging or defacing a protected place after he allegedly urinated on a statue of Captain Cook in Sydney’s Hyde Park. According to a statement released by NSW Police, the incident occurred on 6 August 2020 when three men visited Hyde Park. ...continue reading

Footy Game Ends in Stabbing of Three Men Resulting in Charges of Wounding with Intent

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   Whilst rugby league may be known for the occasional biffo between players, an incident at an under 20s football game between the Wentworthville Magpies and Penrith Brothers which has ended in the stabbing of three men, has shocked the community. The match had supposedly ended in a usual ...continue reading

Does a Face Mask Requirement Infringe on Human Rights?

By Poppy Morandin.   Victoria’s rapid outbreak of COVID-19 saw the state’s parliament introduce a face covering requirement for those leaving their own premises, sparking certain individuals to claim there has been an infringement on their rights. Introduced under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic), section 5(6) of the Stay at Home Directions ...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

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