Articles by Sydney Criminal Lawyers

‘No Body, No Parole’ Laws: Closure for Victims or Injustice for Wrongly Convicted?


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim As recently reported, the NSW government’s ‘justice reforms’ will include a proposal for new laws to prevent people who are convicted of murder and manslaughter from being released on parole unless they reveal the location of the deceased’s body. Victims’ groups support the laws, claiming they will force the ...

A Changing Profession: Robot Lawyer Gives Advice to Asylum Seekers


The online sensation DoNotPay has been dubbed the world’s first robot lawyer, and is now giving out free legal advice to asylum seekers via Facebook. The app, which was originally developed by a Stanford University student, and which has successfully disputed more than 160,000 parking tickets in the US and UK is branding into humanitarian ...

Australian Government Refuses to Defend Julian Assange


By Kieran Adair and Ugur Nedim In 1987, a plucky, young lawyer from Sydney fronted the British press and rallied against the government’s censorship of free speech. The young lawyer’s argument? That former MI5 agent Peter Wright’s novel, ‘Spycatcher’, should be published because people had a right to know about the hypocrisy of their government. ...

Beware: Online Banking Scam Targets Australia


Online scams are prolific nowadays, costing individuals, banks and the economy billions of dollars every year and causing damage to unsuspecting victims that can last for years. Hundreds of thousands of people are only just beginning to recover from the global WannaCry or WannaCrypt ransom-ware attack, which targeted big companies and personal users around the ...

It’s Time for an Australian Bill of Rights


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim After the second world war, a series of international treaties began being introduced via the United Nations in order to define and protect people’s “inalienable human rights.” Australia has ratified seven of the eight major international conventions. This means that at the international level, the Australian government has committed to uphold these ...

Australian Whistleblowers are Persecuted Rather than Praised


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Chelsea Manning was released from US military prison last week, after serving seven years of a 35 year prison sentence for espionage convictions relating to the classified documents she disclosed to WikiLeaks. Former US president Barack Obama commuted her sentence on his last day in office. One of the world’s ...

Queensland May Bring Back Drug Court


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Queensland’s drug court was established in order to divert those who commit drug-related offences away from the criminal justice system and break the cycle of crime, by placing them on tailored rehabilitation programs and monitoring their progress. However, the court was scrapped in 2012 by then Premier Campbell Newman, ...

Serial Sex Offender’s Sentence Reduced Due to Judge’s Error


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A DNA profile taken from Michael Dimian in September 2013 matched the sperm fraction of two swab samples taken from the victim of a 1993 rape case. Mr Dimian had already been convicted of several other sexual assaults and was serving time when the profile was taken. On 26 March ...

Luke Lazarus Acquittal Demonstrates Need for Education on ‘Consent’


Luke Lazarus was recently acquitted of ‘sexual intercourse without consent’ after a retrial over an incident which took place in 2013 near a nightclub owned by his father. On the night in question, Mr Lazarus met the complainant inside the club. They danced and he asked if she would like to go “somewhere private”. The ...

Trial by Media in the Internet Age


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The growth of the internet generally, and social media in particular, has led two senior legal minds to warn that many Australians might not be getting a fair trial. Verdict based on the evidence Juries are meant to return their verdicts based solely upon the evidence presented at trial, ...