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What Happens If a Domestic Violence Complainant Fails to Attend Court?

Criminal defence lawyers are often asked what will happen if the complainant - also known as the alleged victim - in a case involving accusations of domestic violence fails to attend the Local Court on the ‘hearing date’, which is...

Tips For Testifying in Court as a Witness

Receiving a subpoena to attend court as a witness can be nerve-wracking, particularly if all you know about giving evidence - also known as ‘testifying’ – is from courtroom dramas where a lawyer eviscerates a hapless person on the stand...

Will My Case be Dismissed if the Alleged Victim Fails to Attend Court?

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...

Sydney Brothers Not Guilty of Manslaughter

Our client is a 40 year old man from Greystanes in greater Western Sydney. He lived with his older brother and elderly mother until her death in September 2017. On 23 August 2017, our client and his brother called an...

Are There Situations Where a Person Who ‘Confesses’ Should Plead ‘Not Guilty’?

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Tim Watkins was only 22 years old when he was left for dead by the side of Wilsons Creek Road earlier this year. He was riding his bicycle home from a mates’ house shortly after midnight on a road he...

The Rules for Changing a Plea from Guilty to Not Guilty

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On 30 June 2004, Raymond Wong pleaded guilty before a magistrate in the Sydney Local Court to one count of committing an act of indecency, contrary to repealed section 61N of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW). At the time, Wong...

Police Officer Found Not Guilty of Assaulting Woman

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A serving Victorian policeman has been found not guilty of four assault charges after he smashed his way into a woman’s home together with seven other officers 22 years ago, punched her up to seven times in the face and...

Not Guilty on All Charges: An Interview With Medicinal Cannabis Crusader Dr Andrew Katelaris

At around noon on Thursday, a jury found renowned medicinal cannabis practitioner Dr Andrew Katelaris not guilty on a number of very serious charges relating to the supply and manufacture of cannabis medicines. Representing himself in court, Dr Katelaris argued...

Can I Change My Plea from Guilty to Not Guilty?

Defendants who are charged with criminal offences are often unsure as to how they should plead. This uncertainty may arise as a result of not fully understanding the essential elements (or ingredients) of the charges they are facing. They may...

Can I plead guilty if I am innocent?

Unlike in the United States, defendants in criminal cases do not have the right to a court appointed lawyer in Australia. This means people who cannot afford to pay for a private lawyer but are not eligible for legal aid...
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