Articles by Sydney Criminal Lawyers

Hang Paedophiles, demands Philippines President


By Blake O’Connor and Ugur Nedim The death penalty was abolished in the Philippines in 2006, partly due to pressure from the powerful Catholic Church. However, controversial Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte is reported to have called for the reintroduction of death by hanging in time for the trial of an Australian man accused of sexually assaulting and murdering ...

The Netherlands is Helping the Homeless, While We’re Criminalising Them


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim As in many developed countries, it’s becoming increasing rare for people in the Netherlands to carry cash, as electronic payment technologies are embraced for a wide variety of transactions. However, a section of society that’s being left behind by these advances is the homeless. To counter this, a new jacket ...

Lawyers Call for Criminal Charges Against Australian Government


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim In a petition to the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) and the Stanford International Human Rights Clinic have described the “harrowing practices of the Australian state and corporations towards asylum seekers” as a crime against humanity. Australian detention regime Australia’s system of offshore detention ...

NT Juvenile Justice to Focus on Prevention, Rather than Incarceration


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The Northern Territory government will spend an extra $18.2 million annually to overhaul its troubled juvenile justice system, focusing on prevention and diversion rather than incarceration. “… we have to make sure we prevent crime before it occurs,” NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner remarked. “The youth justice system is ...

Queensland Police to Get More Power


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Normally, police across Australia require a warrant or a reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing before they are permitted to subject individuals to a personal search. However, police in Queensland are set to be given extra powers in time for the April 2018 Commonwealth Games, an event based on the Gold ...

“Good People Don’t Smoke Marijuana”: New US Chief Lawyer an Obstacle to Reform


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim US President Donald Trump has named Jeff Sessions as the US Attorney General, the chief lawyer and prosecutor for the federal government. There are concerns Mr Session’s appointment will mean the end of proposals designed to reduce the US prison population through drug decriminalisation and a greater focus on ...

CCTV Cameras May Soon Record Audio


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The mayor of Moreton Bay says it’s necessary for public safety. Many aren’t happy ‘Big Brother will be listening in to their private conversations. The Queensland Law Society says it may breach state listening device laws. Moreton Bay Council, just north of Brisbane, is refusing to back down despite ...

Preventative Programs are Primarily Responsible for Decline in NSW Crime


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim A Sydney criminologist believes that the implementation of preventative and diversionary strategies is the primary reason for most categories of crime declining across the state in recent years. Dr Garner Clancey, a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney, points out that many offences have fallen by as much ...

Police Accused of Altering Crime Statistics


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Two high-ranking Gold Coast crime managers have raised concerns that crime statistics are being manipulated by the police service in an effort to keep crimes and complaints from being recorded. The officers have reported that complaints against police and legitimate crime reports are being labelled “unfounded”, to make it ...

Queensland Considers Tracking Alleged Abusers


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Defendants in Queensland domestic violence cases may be forced to wear electronic tracking devices, in a proposal warmly welcomed by victims’ groups. After mother of four, Teresa Bradshaw was fatally stabbed by her partner David while he was out on bail, the Queensland government is now looking at ways ...