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Patrick O’Sullivan

Patrick O’Sullivan is an experienced criminal defence lawyer with a special interest in social justice issues including mental health, the rights of the vulnerable and access to the criminal justice system.

What Does ‘Beyond Reasonable Doubt’ Mean in the Criminal Law?

by Patrick O’Sullivan
When you are charged with an offence by the police, they are required to be able to prove that charge “beyond reasonable doubt”. Under the common law tradition, it is not the responsibility of the accused person to prove his...

What is a Conditional Release Order in New South Wales?

by Patrick O’Sullivan
On 24 September 2018, the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Community-based Orders and Other Matters) Regulation 2018 came into effect. The Regulation amended the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (the Act) by, among other things, replacing the old “section 10(1)(b) good...

Tensions Rise in Northern Ireland, Sparking Concerns About Renewed Violence

by Patrick O’Sullivan
Residents of Northern Ireland have increasingly felt disregarded by those in power in the United Kingdom over foreign policy, policing, and Brexit implementation, leading to concerns of renewed violence in the region. History To understand the present state of affairs...

Mental Health Applications in the NSW Local Court: Section 14 Orders

by Patrick O’Sullivan
Before 27 March 2021, persons suffering from mental health conditions who were accused of NSW criminal offences could apply for an order referring them to a diversionary program, rather than subjecting them to a penalty under the general criminal law....

How Is Coronavirus Relevant to a Bail Application?

by Patrick O’Sullivan
Bail is a promise to attend court while you are waiting for a charge to be dealt with by the courts, instead of being held behind bars on remand. For less serious charges the promise may be enough and bail...

Do I Need To Attend My Local Court Case During The Coronavirus Pandemic?

by Patrick O’Sullivan
The Chief Magistrate of the NSW Local Court, Judge Graeme Henson, has made announcements about changes the court will implement from Monday, 30 March 2020 in response to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic. These changes are aimed at managing the thousands...

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