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The Criminal Offence of Hindering an Investigation in NSW

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A New South Wales woman pleaded guilty to criminal charges following a vehicle collision at Yanco near Leeton in the Riverina region of New South Wales on 4 April 2023, which resulted in the death of a mother and her...

Elon Musk Tries To Have NSW Man Arrested For Exposing Tesla Safety Issues

An Australian Federal Court judge has rejected a request by the head of American automative company Tesla, Elon Musk, to have an arrest warrant issued against a man accused of uploading leaked documents by a whistleblower. Elon Musk is an...

Do I Have to Testify in Court? Explaining Witness Competence and Compellability

Being called to ‘give evidence’ – also known as as testify – in a criminal trial can be a daunting experience; something you may not want to do for any of several reasons – you may be worried about saying...

William Tyrell’s Disappearance: What Are the Proposed New Charges and Will the DPP Prosecute?

One of the many theories behind 3-year old William Tyrrell’s disappearance in 2014 could see his foster mother charged with fresh criminal offences. The investigation into the toddler’s disappearance is not Australia’s longest running investigation, but one of the country’s...

Police Recommend Criminal Charges Against William Tyrell’s Foster Mother

New South Wales detectives investigating  the 2014 disappearance of toddler William Tyrrell have recently handed over a brief of evidence to  the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), recommending that criminal charges be brought against William’s foster mother. The recommended charges are...

Police Officers Will Not Be Charged Over the ‘Lawyer X’ Scandal

The ‘Lawyer X’ scandal appears to have become a circus, with the Victorian Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) announcing no criminal charges will be brought against Victorian Police over what the highest court in the land described as “atrocious” and...

NSW Police Officers Charged with Perverting the Course of Justice

Two New South Wales police officers have been charged with perverting the course of justice and will appear in the Mt Druitt Local Court on 21 June 2023.  The officers - a man and a woman both aged in their...

The Offence of Perverting the Course of Justice: History and Current Laws

Engaging in conduct which actually results in, or is intended to result in, justice not being achieved has always been treated seriously by the criminal justice system - historically attracting sentences as serious as death. In New South Wales, the...

Woman Whose False Sexual Assault Allegations Destroyed Lives Sent to Prison

A 22-year old woman has been sentenced to eight and a half years after destroying the lives of three men, their families and their livelihoods, and sparking a wave of racially motivated hate crimes after fabricating claims the men sexually...

Corruption Pervades Police Forces in Australia and United Kingdom: Part 2

The headline of a report in the Age Newspaper on Wednesday 22 March 2023 read, “Gobbo seeks immunity deal to dob on police.” Gobbo refers, of course, to Nicola Gobbo; also known as lawyer X. If granted, lawyer X is...
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