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Should “Affirmative Consent” Be Required Before Sexual Activity?

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
Clear verbal or behavioural assurances prior to sexual encounters will be mandatory under reforms to New South Wales sexual consent laws. Those who fail to obtain such assurances will face the prospect of being convicted of sexual offences. Welcomed by...

The Offence of Aggravated Sexual Assault in New South Wales

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Sydney pizza shop worker Ricardo Audish has been remanded in custody after a New South Wales District Court jury returned verdicts of guilty in just two hours for three counts of aggravated sexual assault. Mr Audish’s bail was refused despite...

Complainant’s History of False Sexual Assault Allegations is Inadmissible

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
In a recent decision, a five judge bench of the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal (NSWCCA) ruled that legislation which prevents criminal defence lawyers from asking questions to complainants in sexual assault cases about their sexual history extends...

Harvey Weinstein Guilty of Rape, Not Guilty of Predatory Sexual Assault

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Former Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein has been convicted of sexual charges by a jury in New York. A jury found Mr Weistein guilty of forcing a sexual act on his former production assistant Mimi Haleyi at his apartment in July...

Tinder Rapist Granted Bail

by Sonia Hickey
In the Melbourne County Court last week, Glenn Antony Hartland pleaded guilty to raping three women and indecently assaulting a fourth. His pleas of guilty were followed by an application for bail, which was granted by the court on strict...

12 Reasons to Choose Sydney Criminal Lawyers®

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
Being prosecuted for a criminal or traffic offence can be a nerve-wracking experience. You may be unfamiliar with the process, unsure of the best way forward and concerned about the outcome. But whether you are charged with a less-serious matter...

Bullying and Harassment Rife Within the AFP

by Ugur Nedim
Former sex discrimination commissioner Elizabeth Broderick, who conducted an investigation into the Australian Defence Force in 2011, has released her report into bullying and harassment within the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Ms Broderick’s investigation, commissioned by AFP Chief Andrew Colvin,...

Do People Lie About Sexual Assault?

by Ugur Nedim
Incidents of sexual assault have been widely publicised in the media following a number of high-profile cases, including that of Kings Cross nightclub heir Luke Lazarus. Data published in 2014 indicates that Australia has a huge problem with sexual assault...

Should the Government Control the Sex Lives of Consenting Adults?

by Ugur Nedim
The media hype right now may circulate about “Fifty Shades of Grey” coming to big screen, but anyone with a law degree will no doubt remember an equivalent case in the criminal law component of their studies. The case of...

Blurred Lines: Consent in Sexual Assault Cases

by Ugur Nedim
Sexual assault is defined by the law as having sexual intercourse with another person without their consent, and knowing that they have not consented. In many sexual assault trials, questions are raised about whether the person charged honestly believed that...
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