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Sonia Hickey

Sonia Hickey is a freelance writer, magazine journalist, and owner of 'Woman with Words'. She has a strong interest in social justice and is a member of the Sydney Criminal Lawyers® content team. Sonia is the winner of the Mondaq Thought Leadership Awards, Spring 2022.

What Types of Legal Costs Can Be Ordered in NSW Civil Cases?

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In the long running battle to save his reputation, Ben Roberts-Smith has suffered a significant financial blow with a judge ordering him this week to pay the legal costs of several media outlets after his failed defamation suit. The Federal...

McBride’s Crucifixion Highlights the Need for Whistleblower Protections in Australia

David McBride, a former Australian soldier and military lawyer, had little choice but to plead guilty to criminal charges including theft of property from a Commonwealth entity and unlawfully giving away defence information after his planned public interest defence - that he...

The Offence of Reckless Foreign Interference in Australia

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A Sydney businessman accused of unlawfully selling information to Chinese spies has vehemently denied the allegations and is vowing to defend the charges. 55-year old Bondi marketing director, Alexander Csergo, was charged earlier this year with one count of reckless...

‘Stealthing’ Amounts to Sexual Assault in New South Wales

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Perhaps needless to say, it is not a crime to have unprotected sexual intercourse with a consenting partner – provided of course they have reached the age of consent, have the mental capacity to provide consent and have in fact...

Sextortion Laws In Australia

There have been a rise of  attempts in Australia of ‘sexual extortion’, abbreviated to ‘sextortion’, with social media sites being used to target and blackmail victims, many of whom are young men concerned about compromising images being distributed to friend,...

Court Suppresses Name of NSW Police Inspector Charged with High-Range Drink Driving

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A New South Wales Local Court Magistrate has granted a suppression order in favour of a high-ranking police officer who is alleged to have driven his police-issued vehicle while driving with a high-range prescribed concentration of alcohol, collided into a...

Changing a Criminal Plea from Guilty to Not Guilty: The ‘Interests of Justice’ Test

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In December 1988, American mathematician Scott Johnson’s body was found lying at the base of a cliff at north Headland on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. In 2017, a coronial inquest concluded that his death was caused by actual or threatened violence...

How Much Will My Sentence Be Reduced If I Plead Guilty?

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A 64-year old man facing 23 allegations of historical child sexual offences, including having sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16-years, has changed his plea from not guilty to guilty just hours after his trial started. The...

Prosecution of Bruce Lehrmann: Police Join DPP in an Attempt to Clear Their Names

This time last year, then ACT top prosecutor, Shane Drumgold, and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) were engaged in a bitter feud - a slanging match criticising each other’s handling investigation and prosecution of Bruce Lehrmann over sexual assault allegations...

AstraZeneca Faces Court Over Claims its Covid Vaccine is Dangerous

Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca is facing criminal proceedings in the High Court of the United Kingdom, over claims the vaccine which made it hundreds of millions of dollars and a household name is not as effective as marketed and has greater...
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