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ACT Domestic Violence and Protection Orders

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April 30, 2015

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The ACT’s protection-order regime is very different to that in place in surrounding NSW. Generally in NSW, police are the applicants after being called to an incident. More often than not, the police application for an order comes after a criminal charge has already been laid by them for an incident of domestic violence. Individuals are able to seek Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders in NSW, but it is not the common practice that it is in Canberra. Under the ACT’s Domestic Violence and Protection Orders Act, an individual (the Applicant) approaches […]


ACT drug-driving

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April 20, 2015

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Jeff, James and Jill are three Canberra motorists. Jeff shares a joint of marijuana with a mate on a Saturday night at home and doesn’t drive until going to work on the following Monday. James has a dozen schooners on the Saturday night and also doesn’t drive until heading to work on the Monday. Jill has two bottles of wine on the Saturday night, hops straight in her car and gets picked up by police. She returns a Level 4 blood-alcohol reading and is facing an automatic three years’ disqualification from […]


Drive with Presence of Illicit Drug in Blood

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April 10, 2015

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NSW police are increasingly targeting drug drivers after alarming statistics show that more and more people are taking to the road after consuming drugs. A police operation targeting drug drivers was undertaken in August 2014 in the Hunter Valley with 47 of 125 drivers testing positive to drugs. The ABC’s 7:30 Report recently broadcast a story which noted that these offences are becoming more and more common and that statistically “the proportion of motorists being picked up for drug driving now far exceeds the rate for drink driving.” The trend is […]

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