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The Bail Act 2013 (NSW)


Bail is a legal term familiar to most people due to crime-related television shows and movies. Most people understand that bail involves the temporary release of an accused person from police custody, under a set…

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Getting Arrested: The Right to Remain Silent and ‘Miranda Rights’ in Australia


The Miranda Rights are so familiar to those of us who watch US police television shows that we can almost recite the words by memory.  But while the Miranda Rights are a staple of Hollywood…

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Is Prostitution Legal in Australia?


Prostitution and the sex work industry have been contested amongst lawmakers and the general public since their inception, resulting in ambiguity and contradiction over the past 40 years. Australia has one of the more liberal…

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2019 Crime Statistics in Australia


Crimes are committed every day. And in the review of Sydney, the rate of crime has dramatically declined over the past 15 years. Though the overall crime rate has decreased, not every category of crime…

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Shoplifting, how much does it cost our community?


If you bundle shoplifting, fraud by employees or suppliers, and “shrink” together, the Global Retail Theft Barometer reports that Australians pay some serious money as retailers try to make up for those losses. In fact,…

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WTF? Is It Illegal To Swear In Public?


[This article contains coarse language] Teenagers do it. Workmates do it. Your spouse does it. You do it. Hell, even your grandmother has probably dropped a swear word. We Australians have a bit of a…

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Substantial Impairment by Abnormality of the Mind- A Partial Defence to Murder


Substantial Impairment by Abnormality of the Mind– A Partial Defence to Murder In Regina v Malcolm Robert Potts, a 33 year old NSW man with schizophrenia stabbed his father to death with a knife in…

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Mistaken Identity and Being Charged for a Crime You Didn’t Commit


Mistaken Identity and Being Charged for a Crime You Didn’t Commit There are plenty of legendary stories about mistaken identities, from celebrity mix-ups to the return of long-lost relatives. Take for instance the identity mix-up…

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False Confessions


False Confessions We see it in the movies all the time. A suspect is taken into custody and after many hours of questioning the police announce they have a confession. Are all these confessions accurate…

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Is the NSW Government’s enforcement of payment of tolls unconstitutional?


Our Principal, Adam Ly, appeared on Channel 7 News to provide his opinion on whether the requirement that road tolls be paid was unconstitutional. Bob Jervis of Queenland argues that the imposition of toll charges…

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