Australia's newly proposed Encryption Laws

Will the New Encryption Laws Expose Criminals, or the Public’s Privacy?

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently announced the Federal Government’s new laws that will oblige both telcos and social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp to give Australian security agencies access to encrypted messages, to ‘ensure that the rule of law applies online as well as offline’, as stated by Turnbull. Many people are asking whether…


Match Fixing: What is the law in respect to fraudulent sports betting activities?

Soccer stadium: A common site for match fixing   Nyman Gibson Miralis | 03.06.2016   TOPIC: Match Fixing   Keywords: Match Fixing, Anti-cheating Laws,   There is renewed focus on fraudulent sports betting activities in the wake of this week’s allegations of match-fixing. In 2011, a Canterbury Bulldogs player was fined $4000 and placed on a 12 months good…


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Bail Dilemmas: Who Could be Freed on Bail in 2016?

Signing of Bail Conditions   Nyman Gibson Miralis | 21.04.2016   TOPIC: Bail   Keywords: Bail, Bail Law Revision   In 2014, Steven Fesus, who was awaiting trial on a murder charge, was granted bail by the NSW Supreme Court in Sydney following a successful application made by his lawyer Dennis Miralis. Community outrage and a media frenzy followed…


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What is Doli Incapax? When A Child Has Been Charged with a Crime…….

On occasion, a child may be charged with a crime. A common question that arises in criminal law is how old a person has to be before they can be convicted of an offence. Section 5 of the Children (Criminal Proceedings) Act 1987 states that no child under the age of 10 can ever be found guilty of an offence. However, there is a common law rule which states that a child between the ages of 10 and 14 also cannot commit a crime unless the Prosecution can prove that the child knew the difference between right and wrong. This rule is known as the common law doctrine of doli incapax.


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Not guilty of Drink Driving Charges At Parramatta Local Court

Drink Driving: The police don’t always get it right   Mina Wassef | 10.10.2015   TOPIC: Drink Driving   Keywords: Appeals, Court, Driving, Laws   Represented by Solicitor: Mina Wassef Facts: Our client, Charlie (not his real name) was seen at his car in the Parramatta CBD. A demand was made by police for a roadside…


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Immediate Driver’s Licence Suspensions in NSW

Using phone while driving: An example of reckless driving   Mina Wassef | 09.10.2015   TOPIC: Immediate Driver’s Licence Suspension   Keywords: Appeals, Driving, Laws, Prison, Immediate Suspension, Traffic   Pursuant to section 224 of the Roads Transport Act NSW 2013, Police may immediately suspend and confiscate your driver’s licence for the following offences: A serious…


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When Your Child Has Been Arrested: A Guide for Parents

Child Crime: A guide for parents   Rajiv Baldeo | 17.10.2015   TOPIC: Child Arrest   Keywords: Children, Arrest, Laws, Vulnerable individuals    When your child has been arrested, it’s important to have a basic understanding of their rights, even though you don’t have long to get your head around what is happening. Here’s a basic…


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The NSW Protected Admissions Scheme for Young Offenders

Protect Admissions Scheme: Keeping young offenders out of court   Criminal Defence Lawyer | 16.09.2015   TOPIC: The NSW Protected Admissions Scheme for Young Offenders   Keywords: Law Revision, Children,    The NSW Protected Admissions Scheme for Young Offenders In mid-2014, the Protected Admissions Scheme came into operation in NSW. It is a ground breaking scheme aimed…