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

by Paul Gregoire
Just quietly, from Friday week onwards, if you’re in the ACT and you want to smoke cannabis in the privacy of your own home it will be completely legal. You’ll also be able have up to 50 grams of weed...

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

by Paul Gregoire
It’s said that data has replaced oil as the most profitable commodity in today’s digital era. And like all things lucrative, the potential for data to be used in deceptive or illegal ways for financial benefit is not only there,...

Law Enforcement Integrity Commission Lacks Independence

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Well before the creation of the ‘Super Ministry’ – the Department of Home Affairs – headed up by Peter Dutton, the government created a key anti-corruption body. The problem is that not many have heard of it until recently. Despite...

Is it legal to record a phone call in Australia?

by Jarryd Bartle
Is it legal to record a phone call in Australia? The rules vary across the nation when it comes to the legality of recording telephone calls. There are various reasons why someone might want to record a phone call, including...

The Offence of Assisting a Suicide

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
In the days before Christmas, Western Australia became the second state in Australia to legalise voluntary assisted dying. More than 180 hours were spent debating the legislation in parliament, but under the final laws, terminally ill adults in pain and...

The Offence of Public Mischief in NSW

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A professor at the University of Technology, Sydney is facing court for allegedly making a complaint to police that she was the victim of harassing letters, when she actually sent the letters to herself. Police arrested and charged UTS professor...

Catholic Priest Dies Before Being Sentenced for Child Sexual Abuse

by Sonia Hickey
Disgraced former Catholic Priest James Joseph Cunneen, who was found guilty of indecently assaulting six teenage boys in New South Wales in the late 1980s, has died before he could be sentenced. 60-year old Mr Cunneen was due to be...

Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 6 to 12 January 2020

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a rundown of the past week’s articles: The Offence of Causing Bushfires in New South Wales A 79-year old man has been arrested and charged with causing four bushfires. Click here to...

Posting About Politicians? The NSW Police Force May Have You In Their Sights

by Paul Gregoire
A Blue Mountains man was arrested in August last year, over allegations that he’d been harassing the local mayor and a NSW Labor MLC. The 37-year-old was charged with a number of offences, including stalking or intimidation with intent to...

The Offence of Sexual Assault

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Former Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein has been charged in Los Angeles with felony offences including forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force and sexual battery by restraint. Charges were laid just hours after Mr Weinstein appeared...
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