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Sydney Criminal Lawyer Loses Appeal Against Finding of Deceptive Conduct

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A Sydney-based criminal defence lawyer with ties to conman Peter Foster has lost her appeal against a decision made by the Supreme Court that both she and Mr Foster engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct in relation to a fraudulent...

The Impact of Lockdowns on Australia’s Youth

by Sonia Hickey
Social isolation resulting from lockdowns, a lack of hope for the future and fear of the virus are fuelling anxiety and depression among Australian children and teenagers at alarming rates. Mental Health problems in young people The Royal Australian and...

The Need for a Medicinal Cannabis Driving Defence: An Interview With Former Magistrate David Heilpern

by Paul Gregoire
The NSW government introduced the state’s much maligned drug driving laws in 2007. The regime criminalises any trace of the psychoactive component of cannabis, THC, in the system whilst driving. The federal government, however, legalised the use of medicinal cannabis...

Christian Porter Ordered to Pay Legal Costs

by Sonia Hickey
Despite withdrawing his defamation case against the ABC, Christian Porter could be forced to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal costs. The nation’s former chief law officer chose to withdrew his proceedings against the broadcaster and its journalist...

Sydney Brothers Charged Over Alleged Gangland Murder

by Sonia Hickey
Two brothers have been arrested and charged over the shooting of alleged senior member of the Hamzy drug trafficking and organised crime network, Mejid Hamzy, last year. 38-year old Ezzedine Omar is facing 17 charges, including murder, eight counts of...

Police Establish Task Force to Track Down Protesters

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The response to yesterday’s protests in the Sydney CBD against COVID lockdowns has been fierce. A total of fifty seven people were arrested and charged with offences including failing to comply with a public health order and knowingly joining an...

Paris Prescribes Prison for the Unvaccinated

by Sonia Hickey
Draconian new legislation which is set to become law in France will all-but compel residents to obtained a vaccination for COVID. Under the legislation, which has been passed by both Houses of Parliament, those who enter a range of venues...

What is the Drug Court Program in New South Wales?

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Deputy Chief Magistrate Jane Mottley AM will be made a permanent judge of the District Court and will be sworn in as the Senior Judge of the New South Wales Drug Court in the coming weeks. Deputy Chief Magistrate Mottley...

The Offence of Misconduct in Public Office in New South Wales

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A New South Wales Supreme Court Justice has found former Labor Ministers Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald, along with Mr Obeid’s son Moses, guilty over a corrupt tender scheme which netted them a windfall in the order of $30 million....

I Live in An Affected Local Government Area: Can I Leave it to Work?

by Sonia Hickey
We felt great pity for Melbournians last year when the ‘ring of steel’ was assembled around the metropolitan area, with various police checkpoints to ensure that people were only leaving or entering for ‘authorised’ reasons under the state’s public health...
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