Negligent Driving Occasioning Death Offences & Defences in NSW

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A five-year-old girl has died while her mother is in a critical condition in hospital after being struck by a vehicle while walking in Sydney’s west. According to reports from NSW Police, around 7:20pm on Wednesday 17 March 2021, the young girl and her mother were walking on a ...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

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

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

What is a Criminal Lawyers’ Role?

  Criminal lawyers represent people from all walks of life. Unfortunately, movies and TV shows have portrayed criminal lawyers in a bad light, prompting members of the public asking the question criminal lawyers get asked too often, “but how can you defend a criminal?”, or “how can you defend a guilty person?”. Too often we ...continue reading

Law, Penalties & Defences for Furious or Reckless Driving in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Road rage is a phenomenon that is no longer new and becoming manifested in increasingly aggressive ways. Understood as the deviant and furious behaviour of a motorist due to their loss of emotional control, the antisocial behaviour has today surpassed simply honking the car horn or demonstrating a ...continue reading

What is the Law on Wearing a Helmet for Motorcycle Riders in NSW?

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   Most of us know that sinking, stomach-clenching feeling of realising you’re about to be booked for a traffic fine. But imagine if you got fined twice for the exact same offence. Within 30 minutes. It’s safe to say there’d be a lot cursing and indeed a lot of ...continue reading

Is it Legal to Make a Citizen’s Arrest in NSW?

  It is reported that a man with a large knife in Sydney CBD has allegedly attempted to stab people on Tuesday. Causing the Sydney CBD to go into lockdown, the incident unfolded close to the corner of Clarence and King Street when a man who was reportedly armed with a machete went on a ...continue reading

How to Avoid a Licence Suspension for a Speeding Fine in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It doesn’t take much to work out that if you’re going to speed on the road and you get caught, you’re going to cop a weighty fine and lose a bunch of demerit points. Indeed, few things sting as much as getting slapped with a speeding ticket and ...continue reading

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