Articles by Sydney Criminal Lawyers

Report Recommends Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The Queensland government is considering a recommendation by former Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson to increase the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 10 years to 12 years. The minimum age that a child can be criminally prosecuted in Australia is currently 10 years, despite psychologists long expressing the view ...

Northern Territory and ACT Fight to Legalise Euthanasia


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The Northern Territory and ACT may soon have control over their euthanasia laws, after a motion was recently introduced in the Federal Senate. The motion, brought by Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm, would see territory governments free to legislate on euthanasia, rather than being vetoed by the Federal government. ...

NSW Police Face Brutality Hearing over Brutal Assault of Naked Teen


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) has called for a second public hearing into the brutal arrest of a naked sixteen year old boy in the Northern New South Wales town of Byron Bay. The Commission is investigating the use of excessive force during the arrest, which occurred in ...

Does a Rise in Immigrants Correspond with an Increase in Crime?


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim US President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that any rise in undocumented immigration will lead to increased crime rates. “It’s looking like [the Democrats] really want open borders, and they want really crime to pour in,” Mr Trump has said, labelling undocumented Mexican immigrants as “murderers” and “rapists” The ...

Criminal Laws Only Deter When They Are Seen as Just


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Politicians often invoke tough-on-crime rhetoric to win votes – playing to popular perceptions that penalties are too weak and that, when dealing with defendants, magistrates and judges should ‘lock’em up and throw away the key’. There is also a popular view that the tougher the penalty, the less likely ...

Australian Government is Causing Humanitarian Crisis


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Turnbull government recently began cutting off financial support to a new cohort of people seeking asylum, leading refugee advocacy groups to warn that this cruel policy has the potential to cause a humanitarian crisis on Australian streets. On 27 June, the Department of Home Affairs began distributing letters advising ...

Calls for Convicted Catholic Archbishop to be Sacked


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Adelaide Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson’s lawyers have said their client intends to appeal his conviction for concealing child sexual abuse. The 67-year old is believed to be the highest ranking Catholic in the world to be convicted of concealing child sex offences, after being found guilty last month of failing to ...

Should We Be Allowed to Carry ‘Prohibited Weapons’ for Self-Defence?


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim A Queensland senator recently called upon the Federal Government to allow Australians to import and buy pepper spray and Tasers for self-defence. Katter Australia Party’s Fraser Anning, who moved the motion in the upper house, argued it is the government’s duty to ensure “innocent victims are protected from harm” ...

Beware! Police are Accessing Commercial DNA Databases


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Aussies are being warned about the risks of providing DNA to map their family histories, after it recently emerged that genealogy companies are increasingly providing police with access to their DNA databases. Tens of thousands of Australians have already provided their forensic samples to commercial operators like Ancestry.com, My ...

Medically Supervised Injecting Centre to Open in Melbourne


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim In the wake of 34 deaths by overdose in the North Richmond local council area in 2015 alone, the Victorian state government responded to community calls for a safe injecting room late last year by approving a two-year trial. Victoria’s first medically supervised injecting centre (MSIC) is scheduled to ...