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Theft from employer

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June 9, 2016

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Matters of theft and fraud from a person’s workplace are treated very seriously by the courts, as a recent ACT Supreme Court case shows. The recent judgment by Justice Burns involved a person who admitted taking more than $1.4 million in eight separate transactions over a 15-month period. As the employer was a Federal Government agency, the eight charges of theft were brought under the Commonwealth Criminal Code. Each carried a maximum prison term of 10 years. There are many related charges, under Commonwealth, and state and territory law, to cover […]


New Plan For Criminal Infringement Notices In The Act

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May 15, 2016

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A new proposal as part of an ACT Discussion paper may see Police given the power to issue Criminal Infringement Notices (CIN) for level two drink driving offences. You can be charged with a level two PCA, commonly known as drink driving, if you are the driver of a vehicle and your blood alcohol concentration is between 0.05 and 0.079. The proposal outlines if you are a first offender charged with this offence, you may be given a CIN that includes a fine, demerit points, and a default disqualification period. The […]


Changes To The Act Child Sex Offender Register

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April 4, 2016

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In 2015, the ACT Legislative Assembly passed an amendment bill making changes to the Crimes (Child Sex Offenders) Act 2005 (‘the Act’). The main focus of the bill was to change who is considered a “registrable offender”, and consequently who is placed on the ACT Child Sex Offenders Register (‘the Register’. The changes to the Act came into effect 1 October 2015. The recent changes mean after 1 October 2015 any Court who sentences a person under the age of 17 years, charged with a Registrable Offence, must make a specific […]


ACT PCA Disqualification

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October 14, 2014

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Disqualifications from driving for ACT drink-drivers could be about to be substantially raised – potentially by more than double in many cases. The change is happening from within the courts, both Magistrates and Supreme, not via any direct action from the ACT Legislative Assembly. Two recent judgments declare that increased disqualification periods should be applied. The judgments say that doing so places the Territory where its legislature had always intended it should be. The effect will be widespread: one in four criminal matters coming before the ACT Magistrates Court is a […]

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