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Patrick O’Sullivan

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 is the Definition of ‘Driving’ Under New South Wales Traffic Law?

The bulk of traffic offences in New South Wales use or infer the term ‘driving’, ‘drive’ or ‘drives’ into conduct regulated under traffic legislation, such as the Road Transport Act 2013 (NSW) (‘the Act’). But while the meaning of these...

Is it Time for Australia to Break Legal Ties with the British Monarchy?

The dust is settling on the first weeks of the reign of King Charles III in the wake of the death of Queen Elizabeth II after her 70 years on the throne. Her reign was over a period of incredible...

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

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?

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

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

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?

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?

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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