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Not Guilty Verdict for NSW Police Officer Highlights Bias in Criminal Justice System

by Paul Gregoire
Abuse of power and the excessive use of force by police has increasingly come under the scrutiny of mainstream public discourse since the onset of the COVID-19 lockdowns saw law enforcement powers enhanced to administer pandemic restrictions. Images of Victoria...

NSW Police Officer Found Not Guilty of Assaulting Naked Teen

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The police officer charged with assault after striking a restrained, naked teenager 18 times with a baton has been found not guilty. Officer Michial Greenhalgh was charged following an inquiry by the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) into the arrest...

NSW Police Officer Acquitted of Assault Charges After District Court Appeal

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A Police officer who was found guilty of assaulting an Indigenous man in custody has been acquitted of all charges after a District Court Appeal. Last year, NSW Wales Police Officer Iain James Murray was found guilty of two counts...

NSW Police Officers Caught on Camera Assaulting 12-Year-Old Boy

by Paul Gregoire
NSW police has – yet again – been caught on camera phone footage administering rough justice. This time the incident involves undercover officers in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta meting out a bit of physical punishment on a First Nations...

The Offence of Intimidating a Police Officer in New South Wales

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
It’s taken some years and several high profile scandals, but it seems the NRL has now firmly implemented its hard line policy against players who are alleged to have committed criminal offences. Latest case Brisbane Broncos player Payne Haas has...

NSW Government Refuses to Require Police to Hand Over Body Camera Footage

by Paul Gregoire
Just prior to the pilot rollout of police body-worn video (BWV) cameras in November 2015, then NSW police commissioner Andrew Scipione remarked that the devices “will hold everyone to account for their actions, including police”. “A picture is worth a...

Will My Case be Dismissed if the Alleged Victim Fails to Attend Court?

by Ugur Nedim
A question criminal defence lawyers are often asked is, will my criminal charges be thrown out of court if the complainant (also known as the ‘alleged victim’) fails to turn up to the defended hearing? Answering this question can raise...

What is a Defended Hearing in New South Wales?

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Australian actor Craig McLachlan has been found not guilty of 13 criminal charges, stemming from allegations made by four fellow cast members of The Rocky Horror Show. Mr McLachlan, probably best known for his television roles in Neighbours, Home and...

2020: ‘Worst Year’ for Domestic Violence Offences

by Sonia Hickey
When lockdowns hit around the world earlier this year, most people were concerned about their jobs, worried about how to homeschool the kids, stressed about pasta and toilet paper shortages, and the absence of friends and families, along with all...

The Offence of Wounding or Causing Grievous Bodily Harm With Intent in NSW

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Since 2007, all New South Wales venues have been ‘smoke free’ except for designated smoking areas, and any individual who doesn’t abide by the rules can be fined $300. Altercation over smoking According to reports, a  group of five men...
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