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 and Penalties for Damaging or Defacing Trains and Train Stations in NSW

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   A 35-year-old council worker has been charged following an extensive investigation into instances of malicious damage at train stations across Sydney. The Police Transport Command Target Action Group begun inquiries in December 2019 after instances of graffiti occurred at multiple stations including Kingsgrove, Port Kembla, Blacktown, and Eveleigh. ...continue reading

Inquest Into the Death of Indigenous Man in Custody Highlights the Need for Change: An Exclusive Interview with Barrister Stephen Lawrence from The Wigs

By Poppy Morandin.   Following recent weeks in which Indigenous deaths in custody have been at the forefront of discussion, an inquest has heard that a treating nurse of an Indigenous man who died in his cell at Tamworth Correctional Centre was not informed of his seizures. In September 2017, Tane Chatfield died following being ...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

Police Hunt Underway for Youths Throwing Rocks at Vehicles in Darwin as Six-Year-Old Girl Narrowly Escapes Injury

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   At least 20 cars have been damaged while a six-year-old girl has narrowly escaped injury after youths spent over an hour launching rocks in Darwin last week. The Katherine Times reports that on 28 June 2020, from 7:25pm to 8:33pm, a group of youths pelted rocks at cars ...continue reading

NSW Police Aim to Conduct 200,000 Mobile Drug Tests Representing an Increase From the Previous Year

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   It has been revealed that NSW Police have set a target to detect almost 300,000 crimes this year and are using area-specific goals to achieve this result. The approach covers a number of detections in numerous categories of crime including theft, robbery, sexual assault, and drug detection. The ...continue reading

Jury Trials Return to NSW After a 3-Month Freeze

By Poppy Morandin & Jimmy Singh.   With COVID-19 related restrictions easing and business seemingly returning to normal for most of New South Wales, the District Court has begun criminal trials before juries again. The return will be done under strict measures including temperature checks and screening questions for jurors, in order to prevent individuals ...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

Law on Police Use of Pepper Spray in NSW

By Poppy Morandin & Jimmy Singh.                                        The deployment of pepper spray on protestors following the Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney, has sparked concerns regarding the way in which the NSW Police Force uses such a tool. The day was largely characterised as a peaceful protest, following the public assembly’s last-minute authorisation from the ...continue reading

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