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 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

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

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

COVID-19 – Key Changes Made by District Courts Affecting all Criminal and Traffic Cases in NSW

  From 30 March 2020, the District Court have implemented a number of changes to the way in which criminal cases are heard during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to remain up to date as arrangements are likely to continue to change. If you have a criminal matter in the District Court currently, please ...continue reading

How COVID-19 is Affecting NSW Local Court Cases in Australia

  Taking affect Monday, 30 March 2020, a number of key changes have been made to the way in which NSW Local Court matters are to be dealt with during the COVID-19 pandemic. On 24 March 2020, the New South Wales Chief Magistrate, Judge Graham Henson AM, released a Memorandum regarding some of the key ...continue reading

Cyclist Dies After Being Struck by Car: What’s the Minimum Passing Distance Rule in NSW?

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Each year in NSW, on average, nine bicycle riders are killed and more that 1900 end up seriously injured, according to statistics from the NSW Government. In fact, bicycle riders represent approximately 2.5 percent of total road deaths and about 16 percent of serious injuries. It is for ...continue reading

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