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Ugur Nedim

Ugur Nedim is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist with over 20 years of experience as a criminal defence lawyer. He is the Principal of Sydney Criminal Lawyers®.

COVID-19 Highlights the Need for an Australian Bill of Rights

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Around the world, legal proceedings are being commenced against governments over social control measures implemented during COVID-19, but this presents a legal conundrum which must weigh the reduction of freedoms and legal safeguards against the need to stop the spread...

The Offence of Intentionally Coughing On or Spitting At a Public Official

by Ugur Nedim
Today, the New South Wales Minister for Health and Medical Research, Brad Hazzard, passed the Public Health (COVID-19 Spitting and Coughing) Order 2020 under the provisions of section 7 of the Public Health Act 2010. The order was gazetted within...

Can Police Enter My Residence to Check Compliance With a Public Health Order?

by Ugur Nedim
The outbreak of COVID-19 has led to unprecedented controls being placed on the Australian population, significantly restricting movement, association and gatherings. State and federal parliaments have been shut down, the executive has taken over powers normally exercised by parliament and...

The Law on Observing, Filming and Distributing Intimate Images in NSW

by Jarryd Bartle & Ugur Nedim
Isolation can be lonely, so it’s only natural that many of us will be reaching out in intimate ways via text and video-calls whilst we are cooped up indoors. But ‘sexting’ in the time of COVID-19 comes with certain risks...

The Offence of Criminal Negligence in New South Wales

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The same day that The New South Wales Government ordered the closure of Bondi Beach, slamming beachgoers for being careless and flouting COVID-19 social distancing regulations, the Ruby Princess was given the go-ahead to dock in Sydney, bringing with her...

COVID-19 Social Controls: ‘An Authoritarian Wet Dream In Progress’

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
In the past several weeks, the government has pushed through legislation with unprecedented speed, ostensibly to slow the spread of COVID-19 by enforcing physical distancing and restricting travel. Amongst these laws are those which severely restrict our freedom of movement...

What is the Offence of Drug Supply in New South Wales?

by Ugur Nedim
It has been reported that at around 1.15pm, Thursday 3 April 2020, a 37-year old man from Lane Cove in the lower northern suburbs of Sydney attended a hotel on Elizabeth Street in the Sydney CBD to deliver a box...

All Local Court Bail Applications to Be Heard in the Downing Centre

by Ugur Nedim
The past few weeks have seen drastic changes to the way in which criminal cases are dealt with in the Children’s, Local, District and Supreme Courts. On 2 April 2020, the Chief Magistrate of New South Wales, Judge Graeme Henson,...

The Offence of Failing to Comply With a Public Health Order

by Ugur Nedim
It has been reported that at around 9.20am on Wednesday, 1 April 2020, a 41-year old woman from Queanbeyan in south eastern New South Wales was walking along a street in Cooma when she allegedly “stepped in front of another...

Defendant Granted Bail Due to Coronavirus Concerns

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
As the COVID-19 epidemic unfolds, it’s having a substantial impact on the Australian criminal justice system, from the Local Court all the way up to the High Court of Australia. NSW District Court Chief Judge Derek Price announced on 30...
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