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NSW District Court Judge and Director of Public Prosecution at Loggerheads

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By Emma Starr New South Wales District Court Judge Penelope Wass has lodged a complaint to the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner against the state’s Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Sally Dowling, citing a series of grievances that have...

Judge’s Complaint Against DPP Highlights the Injustice of Prosecuting Meritless Sexual Assault Claims

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New South Wales District Court Judge Penelope Wass has made a formal complaint to the Legal Services Commissioner against the state’s chief prosecuting lawyer, Director of Public Prosecutions, Sally Dowling SC, after Ms Dowling allegedly raised ‘secret grievances’ about Judge...

DPP Discontinues Sexual Assault Proceedings Against Jarryd Hayne

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Former rugby league star Jarryd Hayne’s six-year legal battle has officially ended, with the sexual assault proceedings against him being formally discontinued. The New South Wales Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) has determined that …’having carefully considered...

What Factors Are Considered When Determining Whether to Pursue a Retrial in NSW?

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Former NRL star Jaryd Hayne walked from prison a free man last week, after having his convictions for sexual assault offences quashed on appeal. His fight for his freedom and reputation has been drawn out and complex, and the Office...

The Proposed Federal Offence of Sharing Deepfake Adult Porn in Australia

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Federal attorney general Mark Dreyfus has introduced legislation that proposes new criminal offences to prevent the sharing of nonconsensual sexually explicit material online, including deepfakes, and making these offences consistent across the nation. Indeed, it’s the images created by artificial...

Jarryd Hayne’s Successful Appeal: The Reasons for the Result

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By Emma Starr Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne was released from custody this week after the highest criminal court in the state, the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal (NSWCCA) quashed his conviction for sexual assault after finding a...

Australian Governments Promise to Crackdown on Domestic Violence Offences

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Welcome, Anthony Albanese, to the ‘national crisis’ of domestic violence offences predominantly - but certainly not always - committed by men against women. In response to thousands of women, men and children rallying over the weekend against the epidemic of...

Law, Penalties and Defences for Assaulting Frontline Emergency and Health Workers in NSW

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New South Wales Police have charged a 31- year old man over allegations he sexually touched and threatened a female paramedic who was trying to help him.  Police allege the incident occurred inside an ambulance on 30 March 2024, while...

Historical Sexual Assaults: Women Cannot Be Found Guilty of Sexually Assaulting Boys

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In a decision which shows just how far sexual offence laws have changed over the decades, the highest criminal court in the state, the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal (NSWCCA) recently found that a female teacher prosecuted over...

Are ‘Pretext Calls’ Admissible in Sexual Assault Cases?

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It has been reported that the complainant in the high profile sexual assault trial of former Wallabies player, Kurtley Beale, secretly recorded a phone call with him in order to induce him to say he groped and sexually assaulted her...
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