Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 21 to 27 December 2020

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

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

The jury in the trial of former Sydney swimming instructor Kyle Daniels remains deadlocked.

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NSW DPP Prosecuting Guidelines Part 1: DPP’s Role, The Decision to Prosecute, Elections to Take Over Cases and Advising Police

The guidelines explain the role of prosecutors in NSW and factors to be taken into account when deciding whether to prosecute.

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The Increasing Militarisation of the NSW Police Force

Formerly the ‘NSW Police Service’, the renamed NSW Police Force has transformed itself into a paramilitary organisation increasingly opposed to the people.

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Police Seek to Justify Their Latest Fatal Shooting

The Queensland Police Force claims the young man shot dead was linked to a ‘terrorism event’, but the killing raises more questions than it answers.

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The NSW Offence of Carrying a Knife or Blade in a Public Place or School

Police seized 41 knives and other bladed objects during a recent two-day blitz.

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Police Accused of Revenue Raising Over Mobile Phone Fines

Police officers fined drivers for using their mobile phones while queueing for hours at mobile COVID testing clinics.

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Morrison and the Prosperity Gospel: License to Torture Refugees and Damn the Poor

The PM’s policies may seem un-Christian, until you consider the prosperity gospel of Pentecostalism.

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A Violation of Civil Liberties: NSWCCL’s Elizabeth Htwe on Criminalising Drug Use

Ms Berejiklian continues to drag her feet on drug law reform despite ever-increasing calls for change.

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“A Complaint System of Coverups”: An Interview With APS Whistleblower Ken Carroll

There are calls to establish an independent body to investigate reports of corruption in government departments.

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LECC Calls on Parliament to Review NSW Police Strip Search Protocols

The police watchdog has called on state parliament to address the issue of illegal strip searches.

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Drug Decriminalisation for the ACT: An Interview With Labor MLA Michael Pettersson

“The prohibition on the possession of small amounts of drugs for personal use doesn’t help anyone.”

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Federal Government Seeks Greater Control Over Online Content

In a world first, the Morrison government plans to introduce laws enabling it to block websites during ‘crisis events’, unmask ‘trolls’ and force companies to remove ‘offending posts’, but there are concerns about overreach and the curtailing of free speech.

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NSW Authorities Are Routinely Strip Searching Youth Inmates as Young as 10

A report by the NSW Inspector of Custodial Services reveals that children as young as 10 are being strip searched in youth detention.

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Lawyers for Bail Applications at Parramatta Bail Court

Parramatta Bail Court is where bail applications are heard for those arrested in Sydney on weekends and during holidays.

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What is a Police ‘Move On Direction’ in New South Wales?

The health minister slammed ‘backpackers’ for ignoring physical distancing at Bronte Park on Christmas day.

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New Year’s Eve During COVID-19: Restrictions on Gatherings and Movements

Fireworks will go ahead but residents are being urged to stay at home and watch them on TV.

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