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

Law on a Motorist Failing to Stop and Assist After an Accident in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A learner motorcyclist in his teens believes he is lucky to be alive after he was just about left for dead on the side of an Adelaide highway after another driver forced a collision with him and failed to assist with his injuries. On the morning of 5 ...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

Law on Giving Way at a Pedestrian Crossing in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A crash in Sydney’s south western suburb of Doonside has resulted in a man dying after he was struck by a vehicle last week. It is reported that at about 5.45pm on 16 June 2020, a 72-year-old male pedestrian was crossing Bungaribee Road in Doonside, when he was ...continue reading

A 14-Year-Old Girl Has Been Savagely Hit By a Car In an Alleged Dangerous Driving Occasioning Grievous Bodily Harm Incident

  “I went to the nearest house, I was banging on the door with blood everywhere”, says 14-year-old teenager Aysenour Koca. “I believe he tried to kill me because I was not on the street. I was on the pathway. And he even saw me while he still came at me”. “I thought he was ...continue reading

A Teenager is Charged With Dangerous Driving Causing Death After Allegedly Crashing a Stolen Vehicle Killing 4 Other Teenagers

Poppy Morandin & Jimmy Singh   A 14-year-old boy has been charged, following a tragic incident in which a single-vehicle car crash has led to the death of four teenagers in Townsville. Two girls and two boys, reported to be between 13-18 years old lost their lives, after the stolen vehicle was driven onto the ...continue reading

The Minimum Passing Distance Rule in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   According to Transport for NSW, each year on average, nine bicycle riders are killed and more than 1900 end up seriously injured across NSW. Of the total road deaths in the state, cyclists represent approximately 2.5 percent and about 16 percent of serious injuries. For this reason, the ...continue reading

Legal Information on Car Theft Charges in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It was far from an ordinary night for Cairns man, Greg Hamill, who last week woke up to an odd noise coming from inside his Kanimbla home, drawing his attention to a pair of thieves who had found their way into his garage. Somehow, the robbers had forced ...continue reading

The Penalties for Hoon Driving in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   On 11 April 2020, New South Wales police made the appalling discovery of 40 cars within a closed area west of Newcastle that had gathered for the purpose of burnouts and street racing, much to the defiance also of COVID-19 restrictions on social gatherings. At around 4pm on ...continue reading

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