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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...

Lawyers for Bail Applications at Parramatta Bail Court

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
Bail is a promise to attend court on the next court date. It can be unconditional, or come with conditions such as reporting to a police station on specific days, not associating with certain persons or attending certain places, and...

What Happens if a Jury Cannot Reach a Unanimous Verdict in NSW?

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
A jury of 11 will recommence deliberations in Downing Centre District Court today, after returning not guilty verdicts for five out of 26 criminal charges during deliberations after the trial of former Sydney swimming coach Kyle Daniels. Mr Daniels pleaded...

When Can a Jury Be Discharged in New South Wales?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The trial of a 22 year old Sydney swimming instructor will now be forced to restart, after the jury was discharged by NSW District Court Judge Kara Shead, on the second day of trial. The jury had been assembled this...

How Much Does a Lawyer Earn in Australia?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
According to figures released by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) on 17 July 2020, being a lawyer is not among the top earning jobs in Australia. If that surprises you, then consider this – lawyers don’t even make the top...

Black Lives Matter at Long Bay Prison: Justice Action’s Brett Collins on the Prison Crackdown

by Paul Gregoire
Just days after Black Lives Matter protests swept the nation, reigniting the Aboriginal Deaths in Custody movement in this country, reports started emerging that a similar demonstration was taking place inside Sydney’s Long Bay Gaol. Indeed, aerial footage shows inmates...

COVID-19 Prison Lockdowns Lead to Riots

by Sonia Hickey
Tensions are running high in prison systems across not just Australia but other parts of the world during COVID-19. Without access visits from family and friends, and even lawyers, inmates are becoming frustrated and angry which is leading to a...

Prisoners Lives Are Still at Risk: An Interview With Ex-Inmate Damien Linnane

by Paul Gregoire
Victorian Supreme Court Justice Timothy Ginnane ordered on 1 May that the state’s justice department conduct a risk assessment of Port Phillip Prison in relation to COVID-19. The inquiry will include whether adequate cleaning and virus screening measures are taking...

“An Act of Negligence”: An Interview With COVID Prison Watch’s Miranda Gibson

by Paul Gregoire
The NSW government passed a suite of emergency laws on 24 March, just as it was about to close parliament for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. And amongst the extraordinary measures that were set in play, were provisions that...

The Law on Observing, Filming and Distributing Intimate Images in NSW

by Jarryd Bartle & Ugur Nedim
Isolation can be lonely, so it’s only natural that many of us will be reaching out in intimate ways via text and video-calls whilst we are cooped up indoors. But ‘sexting’ in the time of COVID-19 comes with certain risks...
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