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Aboriginal Death in Custody Was Preventable, Inquest Hears

by Sonia Hickey
The inquest into the death of an Aboriginal woman taken into custody after being refused bail over suspected shoplifting offences has heard that there were multiple opportunities to help her, which went ignored by ‘arrogant’ prison staff.  Yorta Yorta woman...

Bail Laws and the Presumption of Innocence in New South Wales

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
New South Wales Police Minister David Elliott is pressing for a review of bail laws after coming on board with radio ‘shock jock’ Ray Hadley to slam the grant of bail to a man accused of sexual assault. The 35-year...

What’s the difference between a ‘surety’ and ‘security’ in a NSW Bail Application?

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
The mainstream media often uses the term ‘surety’ to denote money or other valuable property provided to guarantee a person’s bail.

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...

All Local Court Bail Applications to Be Heard in the Downing Centre

by Ugur Nedim
The past few weeks have seen drastic changes to the way in which criminal cases are dealt with in the Children’s, Local, District and Supreme Courts. On 2 April 2020, the Chief Magistrate of New South Wales, Judge Graeme Henson,...

Defendant Granted Bail Due to Coronavirus Concerns

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
As the COVID-19 epidemic unfolds, it’s having a substantial impact on the Australian criminal justice system, from the Local Court all the way up to the High Court of Australia. NSW District Court Chief Judge Derek Price announced on 30...

How Is Coronavirus Relevant to a Bail Application?

by Patrick O’Sullivan
Bail is a promise to attend court while you are waiting for a charge to be dealt with by the courts, instead of being held behind bars on remand. For less serious charges the promise may be enough and bail...

If You’re Refused Bail, You’re Likely to Get a Harsher Sentence

by Paul Gregoire
The NSW adult prisoner population seems to have stabilised in recent times, after a half decade of dramatic increase, which saw the under 10,000 inmates of 2013 rise to a peak of 13,651 detainees in May last year. And this...

Accused Murderer Granted Bail

by Ugur Nedim
Former high school teacher Lynette Dawson disappeared in 1982, just two weeks before her daughter was due to commence kindergarten. The mother-of-two was last seen at the Bayview home shared with her husband, Chris Dawson. Mrs Dawson’s body has never...

Supreme Court Slams Salim Mehajer

by Ugur Nedim
Former Auburn Deputy Mayor Salim Mehajer was sentenced in June 2018 by Her Honour Magistrate Shurr in Downing Centre Local Court to spend a full term of 21 months in prison, with a minimum term of 11 months. The sentence...
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