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Value of rehabilitation at sentence

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August 25, 2016

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A recent Court of Criminal Appeal decision in NSW reinforces yet again the value of rehabilitation in keeping people out of prison. Successful rehabilitation was considered so important in this case that the appeal court decided not to send a man to prison, even though it had found that his offending warranted it – and that a District Court judge had been wrong not to imprison him. “The sentence imposed by her Honour [in the District Court] was manifestly inadequate and a sentence of imprisonment should have been imposed,” the three-member […]


Non-conviction disposals – a comparison between New South Wales and Queensland

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August 16, 2016

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In recent days, for reasons which are presently unclear, there has been some media attention given to the ability for courts in New South Wales to dispose of an offender without imposing a conviction against them. As the cynic might expect, this attention is not favourable and is accompanied by the shrill suggestion that there should be no way to avoid a conviction for contraventions of the law. A conviction is, in essence, a record against a person’s name that they have committed an offence against our law. In the ordinary […]


When is a gun not a gun?

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August 12, 2016

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When is a gun not a gun? The ACT Court of Appeal recently wrestled with this question in a judgment that has meant the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has now discontinued a number of firearms cases against Canberrans. A Full Appeal Court (Refshauge, Burns and Wigney JJ) upheld a judgement of Justice Penfold, who had found in the Supreme Court that a replica or imitation firearm was not “a firearm” – despite the Firearms Act spelling out that “an imitation or replica of any firearm” was “a prohibited […]


Riding under the influence in the ACT

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August 9, 2016

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In the ACT have you ever ridden your bicycle home after a few beers with friends? Or chosen to ride a bicycle, rather than drive, because you have had a few drinks? If you ride a bike intoxicated you may still be charged with a criminal offence in the Australian Capital Territory. The offence of ‘Driver Intoxicated’ is an offence under s24A of the Road Transport (Alcohol and Drug) Act 1977. With more bikes on the road per capita than any other state or territory in Australia and a recorded 87,000 […]


Supermarket customers are far more comfortable with theft when using self-service check-outs

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August 5, 2016

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Research form the United Kingdom has suggested that supermarket customers are far more comfortable with theft when using self-service check-outs. It certainly seems from the research that people using the checkouts are quite happy to not scan certain items, or perhaps scan them as a cheaper item. Interestingly, theft through self-service checkouts was almost triple the rate of theft on the shop floor. It may well be the case that people who intend to steal are targeting the self-serve checkouts as being a “weak point” in the supermarket’s system. However the […]


Racist and insulting comments made on social media sites

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August 3, 2016

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Not too long ago it seemed like “keyboard warriors” could get away with any comments they posted online, no matter how offensive, because they could hide behind the safety of their computer screen. However, with the continual rise of social media, the police are starting to crack down on racist and insulting comments made on such social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram. Laws governing offensive comments have recently been brought to light by the racist remarks made by a member of the public towards the outgoing Senator Nova Peris. […]


Crime Prevention Orders

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July 28, 2016

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New alleged crime prevention measures could seriously impact individual freedoms, according to the NSW Law Society and NSW Bar Association. The Crimes (Serious Crime Prevention Orders) Act and the Criminal Legislation Amendment (Organised Crime and Public Safety) Act 2016 came into force in early May 2016. A Serious Crime Prevention Order can be issued against a broad range of individuals. These could seriously impact individual freedoms. The other Act allows the police to issue Public Safety Orders against individuals, or classes of people, which prohibit them from being at specified premises […]


Double Jeopardy Reforms

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July 25, 2016

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If you have ever seen the 1999 thriller ‘Double Jeopardy’ you may have an idea what is meant by the principle double-jeopardy. For those who are not Tommy Lee Jones fans, double jeopardy is the well-known legal principal that provides that no-one may be tried twice for an offence for which they have already been acquitted. Of course the movie has used some poetic licence for dramatic effect, but the basic principle that one cannot be tried twice for the same crime remains the same, and has done for centuries across […]


Match Fixing

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July 15, 2016

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The NSW Organised Crime Squad has recently released a media statement that they are investigating Manly Sea Eagles Football Club for match fixing. Unfortunately, match fixing has been prevalent in many sports and this is not the first time clubs in Australia are facing such allegations. Only as recently as January 2016 were professional tennis players thrust into the spotlight for alleged match fixing at the Australian Open. Back in 2012, the “Crimes Amendment (Cheating at Gambling) Bill” was passed and accordingly “Part 4ACA – Cheating at Gambling” was inserted into […]


Roger Rogerson and Glenn McNamara’s trial has ended with verdicts of guilty.

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July 11, 2016

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Roger Rogerson and Glenn McNamara’s trial has ended with verdicts of guilty. This high profile trial had been before the Supreme Court for a significant time. A first trial was aborted last year in peculiar circumstances, and suppression orders forbade reporting of the reasons why. A verdict having now been reached, those circumstances can be revealed. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the presiding judge discharged the first jury after McNamara’s barrister made reference to Rogerson being involved in “killing two or three people” whilst he was a member of the […]

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