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Mentally ill or Not?- Some Considerations for Defendants Suffering from Mental Conditions

01.05.17

Considerations for Defendants Suffering from Mental Conditions Under section 32 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (NSW), an accused whom the court deems as a sufferer of a mental condition or a mental…

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Majority Verdicts – How do they Work?

20.01.17

Majority Verdicts – How do they work? Our criminal justice system in Australia has, for hundreds of years, always known that an accused person tried before a jury could only be found guilty of the…

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Things To Remember When You Are Being Arrested and Taken Back To The Police Station

02.12.16

It is an unfortunate situation when you find yourself locked up in a paddy wagon and being sent to the police station. There are many things that you must remember if you have been arrested….

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The cost of jailing someone in Australia – Money well spent?

05.11.16

The cost of jailing someone in Australia – Money well spent? In 2013 – 2014, the prison system cost Australia $2.6 billion. This works out to about $100,000 per year per inmate. The Productivity Commission…

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Do we need to further tighten our gun laws?

25.10.16

Do we need to further tighten our gun laws? In 1996, Martin Bryant walked into a cafe in Port Arthur, Tasmania and killed 35 people and wounded 23 others with a semiautomatic rifle and another…

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Why You Shouldn’t Talk to the Police

13.10.16

Why You Shouldn’t Talk to the Police It’s a typical scenario. The police stop you on the street to ask you a seemingly innocent question. You have not done anything wrong. You did not witness…

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Section 10’s- Guilty, without a Criminal Conviction

23.09.16

Understand The Meaning of ‘Section 10’ Have you been accused of a crime and fear that a conviction will drastically impact your life? Section 10 enables the court to find you guilty without recording a…

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The NSW and Australian Crime Commission: Over-reaching Power?

13.09.16

The NSW and Australian Crime Commission: Over-reaching Power? Organised crime takes a serious toll on society with its effects being felt everywhere. In the National Organized Crime Response Plan 2015-2018, the Australian Crime Commission estimates…

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Australia Leads the World in the Use of Illicit Drugs

16.08.16

Australia Leads the World in Illicit Drug Use  We hear daily about the number of “successful drug busts” made by our Police and Border Protection Authorities. Drug use in Australia, however, seems to increase every…

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Aboriginal Deaths in Custody – A National Disgrace?

09.08.16

Aboriginal Deaths in Custody – A National Disgrace? In August 2014, Aboriginal woman Julieka Dhu, 22, died while in police custody in Port Hedland, Western Australia. Dhu was arrested and held over for the non-payment…

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