Electric Scooter Laws NSW

Riding an electric scooter (e-scooter) is currently illegal unless on private property in New South Wales.   So far as NSW is concerned, it is perfectly legal for retailers to sell e-scooters. However, it’s against the law for retailers to sell e-scooters (or any product or service) based on misleading or incorrect information to consumers. In fact, retailers ...continue reading

The NSW Police’s Suspect Targeting Management Plan (STMP) to Effectively Reduce Crime

Poppy Morandin.   A report by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has defended the controversial proactive policing initiatives by the NSW Police within the Suspect Target Management Plan (STMP) by contending it effectively reduces crime. The STMP was designed to identify, assess, and target individuals who are suspected of being repeat offenders. The ...continue reading

Victorian medicinal cannabis users could soon be able to drive with cannabis in their system

Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   Victorian patients using medicinal cannabis may soon be able to drive with the substance in their systems, following proposed reforms to the state’s drug-driving laws. The change comes as an Australian first, and would incorporate the views of Ministers, police, doctors, and other health experts with an expectation that ...continue reading

Pedestrian Dies in Hospital After Being Hit by Car with Uninsured Driver Behind the Wheel in Parramatta

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It’s an alarming statistic: Each year, more than 1,500 pedestrians are hit on NSW roads. More worryingly, research from the NSW Centre for Road Safety shows that from 2007 to 2011, one in seven people who died on the road happened to be a pedestrian, while male pedestrians and ...continue reading

Senseless Stowaway Discovered by Police Hiding in Car Boot Trying to Cross NSW/QLD Border

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   As the COVID-19 crisis carries on, so too does it continue to cultivate fertile ground for all kinds of crazy behaviour. From toilet paper pandemonium to pooing in the shopping aisle, drinking cow urine to cure the virus to wielding broken wine bottles at customers, even educating pets ...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

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

The Rules You Should Know About Clearly Displaying Your Vehicle’s Number Plates in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   We thought this one would be a no-brainer: If you’re planning to defy the current COVID-19 regulations and attempt to cross state borders, arriving at the border checkpoint in your car with your number plates blackened out while also driving on the wrong side of the road probably ...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

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