Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 20 to 26 January 2020

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In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a rundown of the past week’s articles:

I’ve Received a Fine in NSW, What Happens Now?

How to check whether you have a fine, how to challenge it and what happens if you don’t pay.

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Law Enforcement Integrity Commission Lacks Independence

The organisation falls under the same departmental umbrella as those it’s meant to investigate.

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Parklea Private Prison Operator Found Negligent Over Inmate Bashing

The court found the private company that runs Parklea Correctional Centre negligent for failing to act on threats that an inmate would be assaulted.

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Aussies Demand Climate Action, Scotty Delivers Marketing, and Anthony Rolls Over

As Australians call for climate action, our PM prefers to focus on marketing while the opposition leader remains ambivalent.

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Bring Berejiklian’s Strip Search Regime to an End

A new bill has been proposed which, if passed, would strictly limit the use of strip searches.

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Australia’s First Privacy Breach Class Action: An Interview With Lawyer George Newhouse

NSW Health has been ordered to pay for unlawfully disclosing medical records.

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Cannabis Possession Will Soon Be Legal In Canberra: An Interview With Cannabis Club’s Mark Hutchison

The possession and use of cannabis will soon be legal in our nation’s capital, and there are calls for the rest of Australia to follow suit.

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Magistrate Dismisses Drug Driving Charge for Medicinal Cannabis User

A South Australian magistrate did not record a conviction against a medicinal cannabis user who drove with the substance in his system.

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One-Third of People in Prison Have Not Been Found Guilty

People are supposed to be ‘innocent until proven guilty’, but stricter bail laws and other ‘tough on crime’ policies have led to one in three people behind bars being there without a finding of guilt.

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The Coal Industry Controls the Coalition

The links between the fossil fuel industry and Coalition could hardly be stronger.

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Should I tell my lawyer the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?

Clients may be unsure of whether to tell their lawyers everything from the start.

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While a Successful Climate Class Action is Unlikely, the Courts Have a Role to Play

A climate class action is unlikely to succeed, but there are other avenues for redress through the courts.

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Recent Events Highlight the Need for a Bill of Rights in Australia

The passing of more than 80 pieces of rights-eroding laws in recent times highlight the need for a national bill of rights.

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