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Life Sentences Without Parole: A Violation of Human Rights?

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
In his research paper from this month’s Human Rights Law Review, Andrew Dyer, a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney, argues that not having a statutory charter of rights means Australia has been left without...

Deporting Non-Citizens Who Commit Crimes

by Ugur Nedim
For many visitors to Australia who are accused of committing crimes, navigating our legal system is an arduous task. One of the most frequently asked questions by those on work and travel visas who are going through the courts is: how will...

The Most Commonly Cited Case in Australia

by Ugur Nedim
Many cases that are decided in the higher courts become ‘precedents’, forming part of Australia’s common law. Where relevant, judges and magistrates are required take these previous decisions into account when deciding later cases. But with thousands of cases going...

Do We Need a Body to Review Dodgy Convictions?

by Ugur Nedim
You know you’re innocent – but can’t afford to pay for an appeal, or you’ve lost your appeal after spending everything you have on lawyers. What next? Sadly, your options are limited in Australia – and you will probably have...

Obama Frees Drug Offenders: Is Clemency Ever Justified?

by Ugur Nedim
In what has been hailed a remarkable act of mercy, President Obama last week used his power to order the release of 46 inmates who were serving sentences for non-violent drug offences. The move came as part of Obama’s promise...

The Muldrock Error is a Winner for Some

by Ugur Nedim
Two convicted killers have recently had their sentences cut on appeal, using the so-called Muldrock error as grounds. Both Yusuf Aytugrul and William Matheson claimed Muldrock error, and were successful in getting time off their non-parole periods and maximum sentences....

The Boston Bomber Death Penalty: Justice?

by Ugur Nedim
On 15 April 2013, a terrorist act took place that would alter the images that come to mind when we hear of the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed and hundreds were injured when two pressure-cooker bombs used exploded near...

Save Izzy! A Family’s Quest to Save Their Dog’s Life

by Ugur Nedim
Legal history has been made in Victoria after a family was given permission to appeal their pet pet dog’s death sentence to the High Court of Australia. The Staffordshire terrier, named Izzy, escaped from the family home and bit a...

Do I have to turn up to court if I’m pleading guilty?

by Ugur Nedim
Several people have recently informed our firm that they took the advice of police and filled out the back of their little yellow ‘court attendance notice’ (CAN), indicated a plea of guilty, then sent it to court only to later...

Should Prison be a Last Resort for Children?

by Ugur Nedim
In yet another devastating blow to Australia’s human rights obligations, the president of the Queensland Children’s Court, Judge Michael Shanahan, has warned that the government is breaching the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child by imposing lengthy...
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