Articles by Ugur Nedim

Wolf Creek Star Charged with Sexual Assault


Australian actor John Jarrett is best known for his starring role in the film Wolf Creek, in which he plays a serial killer who kidnaps and tortures three backpackers in the outback. The 66-year old was publicly accused in November last year of sexually assaulting a female housemate in 1975, while living with his wife ...

Government Seeks Power to Intercept Phone Communications


“The best way to take control over a people and control them severely is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way, the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which ...

Changes to NSW Sentencing Options: Community Correction Orders


As reported in our recent blogs about ‘conditional release orders’ and broadened ‘intensive correction orders’, 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 penalty options available to magistrates and ...

Cheating on Gambling in New South Wales


The New South Wales government strictly regulates gambling in our state. There are mountains of rules and regulations dictating when, where and how people are allowed to gamble. Those rules make it illegal to conduct a betting event without a licence or authorisation– even betting money on a coin toss between friends amounts to an ...

What is the Offence of Perjury in New South Wales?


Perjury can be generally defined as knowingly telling an untruth during judicial proceedings when under a legal obligation to be honest. It was a common law offence in New South Wales until abolished by section 341 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) and codified in Part 7, Division 4 of that Act, which also contains ...

Indictable Drug Supply Cases Can Now be Finalised in the Local Court


Until recently, cases of drug supply which involved more than the ‘indictable quantity’ but less than the commercial quantity could not be finalised in the NSW Local Court – they were ‘strictly indictable’ which meant they had to be committed to a higher court such as the District Court to be dealt with – whether by ...

What is Common Assault?


The word ‘assault’ often conjures up images of a physical altercation between two or more people. And whilst pushing or striking another person without legal justification will amount to an assault, the offence of common assault in NSW does not necessarily require any physical contact at all. Where is the offence of common assault contained ...

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. ...