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Police Officer Imprisoned for Domestic Violence

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Shaun Perry stared at his estranged wife and children as he learned he would spend more than two-and-a-half years behind bars for offences including spitting in his wife’s face, pulling her hair, and assaulting her with a weapon. Perry, a...

Public Given Access to Police Brutality Hearing

by Ugur Nedim
The Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating allegations that a woman was brutalised at the hands of two police officers at Ballarat Police Station. The proceedings are being streamed live into a well-known Ballarat restaurant this week, to enable the...

Teen So Rich He Couldn’t Tell Right from Wrong, Judge Finds

by Zeb Holmes
An American teenager who popularised the ‘affluenza defence’ has been arrested for breaching his probation. In 2013, 16-year-old Ethan Couch was sentenced to 10 years’ probation after killing four people in a drink driving incident. During his sentencing hearing, Couch’s...

Family Compensated Over Unlawful Police Raid

by Ugur Nedim
Aboriginal elder Marjorie Rose has been waiting a long time for justice – but her day has finally come, with a District Court Judge recently awarding the 81-year-old woman and her family $370,000 in compensation for an illegal police raid....

Managing Anger to Stop Domestic Violence

by Ugur Nedim
Being accused of domestic violence can be confronting and stressful. Many of those who are guilty genuinely want help to control anger management issues so they can rebuild their relationships, or have healthier ones in the future. Thankfully, there are...

Mental Health Experts to Accompany Police to Call-Outs

by Ugur Nedim
The criminal justice system struggles to effectively deal with the thousands suffering from mental health conditions that come before the courts each year. Around 50% of those in custody are diagnosed with a mental health condition, and around a quarter...

Mental Health and Criminal Law: The Benefits of Psych Reports

by Ugur Nedim
Have you been charged with a criminal offence while you were struggling with a mental health problem? Sometimes, you can raise a mental illness defence and be found ‘not guilty’ on that basis. In other situations, a ‘mental condition’ can...

Alternative Careers in the Criminal Justice System – Part 1

by Ugur Nedim
Interested in the criminal justice system but don’t want to be a lawyer? You might want to consider some of these alternative legal career paths! Here are the first five out of nine alternative careers in the criminal justice system....

Police Blitz Targets over 100 Alleged Shoplifters in Sydney

by Ugur Nedim
When December rolls around each year, the stores are filled with people frantically trying to cross everything off their shopping lists before Christmas hits. But it’s also the time that, for whatever reason, shoplifters hit the shops in record numbers,...

Can Employers Discriminate on the Basis of your Criminal Record?

by Ugur Nedim
Your criminal record will hang around long after you have done the time, paid the fine or completed any punishment a court may hand down to you. Even minor offences like being caught in possession of one ecstasy pill or...
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