NSW driver disqualification laws

What are the New Laws for NSW Drivers?

New driver disqualification laws in NSW were announced on 27 October 2017 with an aim to better protect the community and to keep repeat offenders and dangerous drivers off the roads.


NSW Justice Reforms

NSW Criminal Justice System Reforms Pass Parliament

On 18 October 2017 the NSW Parliament passed new legislation as part of its transformational reforms to the NSW criminal justice system. Dubbed ‘Safety First Reforms’, these changes fundamentally shift the landscape in the criminal justice system.


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…


Signing Bail Conditions

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

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 – after all, he’d allegedly confessed to the crime which occurred some 16 years earlier, had…


Teenage group

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.


Concept for drink Driving

Not guilty of Drink Driving Charges At Parramatta Local Court

Drink Driving: The police don’t always get it right   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 breath test pursuant to section 13 Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act 1999. The client failed that test…