Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 23 to 29 August 2021

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

NSW Police Commissioner Gets Another Pay Rise

Mr Fuller will receive another pay rise, while most of the state continues to suffer financial hardship.

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Rather Than Enforce, Employers Should Encourage Facilitate Uptake, Says ACTU’s Sally McManus

“[M]andates are not necessary and are likely to cause conflict and division”.

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NSW Police Force Flexes Its Muscle Against Anti-Lockdown Protesters

Police have warned that any further anti-lockdown protests will be met with full force.

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Truck Drivers Set to Protest Over COVID-19 Restrictions

Those who keep the nation moving have vowed to publicly voice their opposition to orders they feel jeopardise their safety and livelihoods.

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Are the Boys in Blue Really There to Protect You?

Flashback from 2017:

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The NSW Public Health Orders Governing COVID-19 Restrictions

The Public Health Act purports to empower the Health Minister to issue sweeping orders without parliamentary oversight.

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Council Kills Dogs Over COVID-19

The NSW Council killed 16 rescue dogs, including ‘a mother and her puppies’, because it was concerned volunteers travelling to collect them might have COVID-19.

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As Deaths Rise, Perth Rough Sleepers Demand Housing: An Interview With NSPTRP’s Megan Krakouer

The most vulnerable and victimised have rallied against the lack of adequate housing to keep them safe.

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Unfolding Catastrophe: Journalist John Stapleton on the Government’s COVID Response

“[T]he Australian government ha[s] shamelessly scared the people into submission” and its “handling of COVID has been an absolute disgrace”.

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Government’s ‘Crucial Errors’ Contributed to Ruby Princess Disaster, Report Finds

The entry of 600 COVID cases onto our shores could have been avoided if the federal government had done its job.

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Teflon Gladys: More Adverse Findings But Still No Accountability

The focus on COVID rather than corruption may be benefitting someone….

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Nirvana Baby Sues the Band for Child Pornography

The naked baby on Nirvana’s album cover is now all grown up and suing the band for “extreme and permanent emotional distress”.

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What Are the Conditions of Parole in New South Wales?

Infamous sex offender Mohammed Skaf is likely to be released on parole after spending 21 years behind bars.

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As They Go Before a Sympathetic Judiciary, Climate Rebels Push for Prison Time

A sympathetic magistrate handed $20 fines to each of five activists who broke the law to voice their opinions.

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Kumanjayi Walker Murder Trial Stayed as High Court Considers “Good Faith” Defence

The trial of a police officer who shot dead a First Nations teen has been delayed until the High Court decides whether the officer can argue he killed in good faith.

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Deepening Lockdown Divisions, Pending COVID Deaths and the Pandemic Election

The politics of lockdown is becoming increasingly divisive; pitting state against state, and citizen against citizen.

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‘Freedom Incentives’ to Get Vaccinated: Justified or Coercion?

The NSW Premier has made clear that the return of limited freedoms will be conditional on obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination.

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If you are going to court for a criminal or traffic case, call us anytime on (02) 9261 8881 to arrange a free first conference with an experienced criminal lawyer at Parramatta, the Sydney CBD, Liverpool, Penrith, Bankstown, Chatswood, Wollongong or Newcastle.

Why Choose Sydney Criminal Lawyers®?

Going to court can be nerve-racking, but having a strong and compassionate legal team behind you can make the experience significantly easier to deal with.

Here are 12 reasons to choose our multi-award winning legal team:

  1. Proven Track Record of Exceptional Results

    Sydney Criminal Lawyers® consistently achieves outcomes which are in the highest percentile of the Judicial Commission’s sentencing statistics for criminal cases.

    Our legal team devises effective case-strategies and fights hard to have cases dropped entirely or charges downgraded – saving clients the time, expense and stress of a defended hearing or jury trial.

    Where cases nevertheless proceed, our lawyers have an outstanding track record of winning defended Local Court hearings, and complex jury trials in the District and Supreme Courts.

    We also consistently win appeals in the District and Supreme Courts (including the NSWCCA) after clients have received unsatisfactory results with other law firms in the lower courts.We are one of the few firms to achieve successful criminal law appeals in the High Court of Australia.

    Where our clients wish to plead guilty, we frequently achieve ‘dismissals’ and ‘non convictions’ in cases where other lawyers have advised there is no chance of doing so.

  2. Highest Level of Client Satisfaction

    We have the best and most comprehensive client review record of any law firm in Australia.

    Regular communication, accessibility and quality service are our team’s highest priorities.

    We are committed to thoroughly explaining all steps involved in the criminal law process, providing regular updates throughout the proceedings, and making ourselves accessible and responsive.

    We are passionate about providing an exceptional level of service to our clients, and we fight hard to achieve optimal results in the shortest period of time.

  3. Australia’s Most Awarded Criminal Law Firm

    We have received more awards and accolades than any other criminal law firm in Australia. Our team has been awarded “Criminal Defence Firm of the Year in Australia” in a number of prestigious and competitive awards programs for several years running.

    The awards recognise our exceptional track record of results, our outstanding client service, the high level of satisfaction we achieve, the affordability of our services and our overall excellence.

  4. Fixed Fees

    We want our clients to know exactly how much their cases will cost from the very start. That’s why we were the first criminal law firm in Australia to publish ‘fixed fees’, back in 2004.

    We offer fixed fees for most types of criminal cases and services.Our fixed fees apply to a range of Local Court cases such as drink driving, drug possession, fraud, common assault and AVOs, and also specific services such as prison visits, bail applications, appeals and defended hearings.

    Unlike many other law firms, our fixed fees are published on our website – which ensures transparency and certainty.

  5. Free First Appointment

    For those who are going to court, we offer a free first conference of up to an hour with one of our Senior Criminal Defence Lawyers.

    We also offer a free first conference to those who have received an unsatisfactory result after being represented in court by another law firm, or after representing themselves, and wish to appeal.

  6. Specialist Lawyer Guarantee

    We guarantee that only lawyers with substantial criminal defence experience will work on your case and appear for you in court.

    This ensures our clients receive the highest quality representation from an experienced, specialist criminal lawyer.

  7. All NSW Courts

    From Bombala to Broken Hill, our lawyers appear in courts throughout New South Wales – and across Australia for Commonwealth cases.

    And we offer fixed fees for most criminal and traffic law cases throughout the state.

  8. Accredited Specialists

    Our entire firm is exclusively dedicated to criminal law – which makes us true specialists.

    All of our lawyers have years of experience representing clients in criminal cases, and our principal has been certified by the Law Society of NSW as an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist since 2005.

    An ‘Accredited Specialist’ is a lawyer who has practised for at least 5 years in a particular field of law (such as criminal law), has passed a rigorous assessment process conducted by the Law Society of NSW, and has been selected by the Specialist Accreditation Committee of the Law Society as an expert in the field.

    Accredited Specialists are required to undertake more training each year than other lawyers and must be successful in having their accreditation renewed every year. Specialist Accreditation is the mark of a true specialist.

    Our firm’s specialist experience ensures you receive the best possible result, whatever your criminal law case may be.

  9. Results-Focused Law Firm

    Our team is passionate about achieving results, and unlike many other law firms, our lawyers do not have monthly financial ‘budgets’ to meet.

    The absence of budgets means our lawyers are entirely focused on achieving optimal results in the shortest space of time; whether by getting charges dropped or downgraded at an early stage or having cases ‘thrown out of court’.

    Not having budgets also means our lawyers are not under pressure to engage in unscrupulous practices such as unnecessarily adjourning cases or ‘overcharging’ clients – which, sadly, is a common complaint against many other lawyers and law firms.

    No budgets encourages regular consultation between lawyers within the firm – promoting an ‘open door’, team environment where lawyers bounce ideas off one another, formulate case strategy together and benefit from each other’s specialised experience, methods, techniques and insights.

    The result is a firm which delivers optimal outcomes in the shortest time periods, at the least expense and stress to our clients.

  10. Team of Lawyers Behind You

    Our clients benefit from the pool of knowledge that only an extensive team of experienced criminal defence lawyers can provide.

    Our lawyers regularly consult one another to stay ‘ahead of the pack’ in the ever-changing field of criminal law – constantly devising, refining and implementing specialised techniques which ensure our clients achieve the best possible outcomes.

    A team approach is particularly important when it comes to serious criminal cases such as murder, commercial drug cases, serious and sexual assaults, large-scale fraud, robbery and other ‘indictable’ cases.

    In such matters, clients reap the benefits of several lawyers devising and executing case strategies which maximise the chances of having cases dropped or downgraded at an early stage, or ‘thrown out of court’ – often saving clients a great deal of cost, time and anxiety.

  11. Familiar with Magistrates and Judges

    Each of our lawyers appears in court on a daily basis, and has done so for years. We have therefore been able to develop an understanding of, and rapport with, magistrates and judges in Sydney and indeed across the state.

    Our team’s extensive experience before the courts ensures your case is tailored to the specific nuances of individual judicial officers, maximising the likelihood of a favourable result.

  12. Convenience

    We have offices in locations across the Sydney Metropolitan Area and beyond, including:

    We offer free parking at our Sydney CBD offices, and all of our offices are close to train stations and bus terminals.

    For those who are unable to attend our offices, we offer conferences by telephone, Skye and FaceTime anywhere around the world.

    If you are going to court and wish to arrange a free first consultation, call our 24 hour hotline on (02) 9261 8881 or send us an email at

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