Articles by Ugur Nedim

Can NSW Police Exclude Patrons Based on a Positive Drug Indication Alone?


There is an enormous amount of evidence to suggest that positive indications by drug detection dogs are not a reliable indicator of the presence of drugs. Police figures suggest that between two-thirds and eighty percent of positive indications are ‘false’ – meaning the subject does not have drugs on them at the time. There are ...

How Much Do Jurors Get Paid in NSW?


Jury service is an important civic duty for all people on the electoral role, but it can cause a great deal of stress and financial loss, especially for those who are employed or running a business. The rules which regulate the payment of jurors are contained in the Jury Act 1977 and Jury Regulation 2015. ...

What Happens if I Don’t Attend Jury Service in NSW?


Jury service is an important civic duty which is regulated in New South Wales by the Jury Act 1977 (the Act). Section 63 of the Act prescribes a maximum penalty of 20 penalty units, which is currently equivalent to $2,200, for anyone who fails to attend for jury service after being summoned to do so. ...

What Disqualifies or Exempts a Person from Serving as a Juror in NSW?


The rules relating to jury service in New South Wales are primarily regulated by the Jury Act 1977. Section 5 provides that every person who is enrolled as an elector for the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales is qualified and liable to serve as a juror. However, the provision is subject to section 6 ...

Changes to NSW Sentencing Options: Broadened Intensive Correction Orders


As reported in a recent blog, the NSW Parliament assented to the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Sentencing Options) Act 2017 (the Act) on 24 October 2017, which amends the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (the Sentencing Act) as it relates to the sentencing options available to magistrates and judges in New South Wales. The Act ...

No More ‘Section 10 Bonds’ in NSW


On 24 October 2017, the NSW Parliament assented to the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Sentencing Options) Act 2017 (the Act) which, as the name suggests, amends the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (the Sentencing Act) in respect of the sentencing options available to courts in New South Wales. The Act abolishes the following sentencing options in ...

The Law on Assaulting Police


It’s a common scenario, known in the legal profession as ‘the trifecta of charges’: An individual is using offensive language in a public place. They are confronted by police who act in an overbearing and aggressive manner. The situation escalates and the individual is arrested in a heavy-handed manner, experiencing significant discomfort or even unnecessary ...

Lawyers Pay Tribute to Legendary Australian Barrister


The legal profession across Australia’s is mourning the death of its longest serving barrister, Brian Bourke AC who passed away aged 88 after a short illness. Tributes have been flowing on social media for the man known for many things, but perhaps most of famously for defending Ronald Ryan, the last man to be hanged ...

Facial Recognition Glasses: Next on the NSW Police Wish List?


In recent years, police in New South Wales have been the beneficiaries of hundreds of laws which increase state control at the expense of legal safeguards and protections – from laws which broaden police powers of arrest, to those which allow officers to control peoples’movements and associations, to laws which permit them to detain suspects ...

What are the Penalties for Steroids in NSW?


Before 2014, the possession of drugs classified as anabolic steroids was primarily regulated by the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966, which dealt with the substances in much the same way as other prescription drugs. However in 2014, the NSW government reclassified the drugs as narcotics which brought the penalties in line with drugs like ...