Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 24 to 30 September 2018


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

No More ‘Section 10 Bonds’ in NSW

Conditional release orders replace ‘section 10’ good behaviour bonds today in NSW.

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Changes to NSW Sentencing Options: Broadened Intensive Correction Orders

Broadened ‘intensive correction orders’ replace suspended sentences, home detention orders and existing intensive correction orders from today in NSW.

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Changes to NSW Sentencing Options: Community Correction Orders

Community correction orders replace community service orders and ‘section 9’ bonds from today.

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Early Guilty Pleas Must Result in Shorter Sentences

Judges must reduce sentences for early guilty pleas regardless of the offence.

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Richmond’s Safe Injecting Room Saves Lives: An Interview With NRCH’s Demos Krouskos

The North Richmond safe injecting room has been open for less than three months but is already being hailed a success.

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Australia’s First Free Trans Legal Service: An Interview with ICLC’s Hilary Kincaid

Sydney’s Inner City Legal Centre launched the nation’s first pro bono transgender and gender diverse legal service on 10 September.

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Politician Charged with Forgery, Fraud and Lying Under Oath

A former Labor MP is accused of a range of dishonesty offences, including lying about his employment history and military service.

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China to Rate Citizens and Regulate All Aspects of Their Lives

Many are hoping western nations will refuse to borrow from China’s scheme to rate its citizens and thereby determine their ability to access services.

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Food Contamination Laws to be Strengthened

The maximum commonwealth penalties will be raised from 10 to 15 years and the scope of the offences broadened.

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‘Poppers’ to be a Prohibited Drug

The proposed prohibition of the non-addictive muscle relaxant amyl nitrite will do little more than drive trade underground and criminalise thousands.

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Conditional Release Orders

A brief outline of the new ‘Conditional Release Orders’ in NSW (which have replaced non-conviction bonds under section 10(1)(b)).

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Dr Katelaris Spent Four Months in Prison for Possessing Massage Oil

The medicinal cannabis crusader was charged with drug supply and refused bail over topical massage oil.

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Section 10(1)(a) Dismissals

Here’s an outline of section 10(1)(a) dismissals which – together with section 10(1)(c) non-conviction bonds linked to ‘intervention programs – have survived the recent changes to sentencing laws in NSW.

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Community Correction Orders

Here’s an outline of community correction orders, which have now replaced section 9 good behaviour bonds and community service orders in NSW.

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Government Careless with the Private Data of Citizens

The government website was shut down after one foreign user was legally able to download the private information of more than a million Australian home owners.

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Penalties in NSW – Intensive Correction Orders

Here’s an outline of the new intensive correction order regime, which has replaced suspended sentences, home detention orders and existing ICOs in NSW.

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Legalising Personal Cannabis Use: An Interview With ACT Labor MP Michael Pettersson

The MP has introduced a bill to legalise the possession of cannabis for personal use.

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