23rd Nov 2021
When a female bar manager takes a male customer to court for common assault, the customer pleads guilty but is eventually granted a s10 dismissal and no conviction is recorded against him. Kelly Brown outlines the details of this incident and explains what constitutes common assault.
14th Oct 2021
Domestic abuse in the form of coercive control could soon be a criminal act under changes to domestic violence laws being considered by state and territory governments in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, SA and the NT. Anneka Frayne discusses what coercive control is and how the legislation would work, including the difficulties of criminalising it.
25th Mar 2021
The introduction of the Mental Health and Cognitive Impairment Forensic Provisions Act 2020 (NSW) provides courts with better guidance when diverting a criminal defendant into mental healthcare and treatment. Mark Warren discusses the new Act’s provisions in regard to mental health definitions, the ‘fit for trial’ test, and the replacement of the ‘not guilty’ verdict with ‘not criminally responsible’.
14th Nov 2019
Greg Barns welcomes the ACT government decriminalising cannabis possession, and calls for cannabis law reform across Australia.
30th Oct 2019
The Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) has welcomed the decision by the State Government to make changes to the Police Offences Act 1935 that will remove the offence of begging.
1st Aug 2019
Tom Percy QC explores six questions arising from the sentencing of Anthony Harvey, the first person in WA ordered by a judge never to be eligible for parole.
6th Jun 2019
Professor Tom Calma AO makes the case for justice reinvestment: a community-led, data-driven and place-based alternative to incarceration.
18th Apr 2019
Greg Barns argues against Peter Dutton's proposal to establish a National Public Register of Child Sex Offenders.
6th Dec 2018
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