Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 31 December 2018 to 6 January 2019

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

New Laws Will Allow the Use of Military to Break Protests

The federal government has introduced legislation which will allow state police to call upon the defence force to assist with public incidents, including protests.

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The Trials and Tribulations of the District Court’s Newest Judges

Amongst the seven new judges are a prosecutor who defended her partner in court and a barrister who received death threats for just doing his job.

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New Gag Laws Will Make FACS Less Accountable

New laws which make it a crime to publish the details of kids in out-of-home care will simply make the Department of Family and Community Services less accountable.

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Courts Can Only Backdate for Time Spent In Prison for the Sentenced Offence

The appeals court found that the year spent in prison over an allegation of murder could not be taken into account for a drug supply sentence, even though the murder charge was ultimately withdrawn.

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NSW Labor May Introduce Pill Testing if Elected

The leader of a major NSW party has finally signalled an intention to consider pill testing.

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Parklea Correctional Centre: A Privately-Run Prison in Crisis

A recent parliamentary report suggests the prison is understaffed, mismanaged and rife with corruption.

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Magistrate Under Investigation for Remarks About Sexual Assault Complainant

The Magistrate is reported to have accused a sexual assault complainant of “put[ting] herself in that position” and having “buyer’s remorse”.

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Representing Festival Interests: An Interview With the Australian Festival Association

The Australian Festival Association is aiming to develop a framework for safety at licensed events.

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Man Imprisoned for Buying Drugs on Dark Web

The man was convicted of drug supply after the court found there were too many tablets for personal use.

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NSW Police Treat Strip-Searches As Routine Procedure

The use of strip-searches by NSW police has sky-rocketed, leading to calls for the overuse of the humiliating procedure to cease.

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Pressure is Mounting for Pill Testing

Young people keep dying. Pill testing save lives. The voice of experts and those working at the coalface is finally starting to get through to our mainstream politicians.

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Justice for Offshore Detainees: An Interview With National Justice Project’s George Newhouse

Class actions have been filed in the High Court claiming that the treatment of detainees amounts to a crime against humanity.

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