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Police comments on section 10 and “Written Notice of Pleading”

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June 27, 2016

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Misleading things Police often say about attending Court For many offences, for example Driving while Suspended, Drink Driving and Possession of a Prohibited Substance, Police can and often will issue a yellow "Field Court Attendance Notice" accompanied by a yellow "Written Notice of Pleading". Police will then often say words to the effect of: "Don't worry, you will get a section 10 for this." "Don't bother going to Court, just complete the Written Pleading Notice and you will get a section 10." We strongly suggest that you ignore such comments. Police […]


Heightened Security around Sydney Trains to Stop Graffiti

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January 12, 2016

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The art sub-culture of graffiti has never been welcome by Police or Parliaments in New South Wales. Surveys indicate that 21% of people in the community feel that graffiti is an indicator of social disorder problems (i.e. lack of education, lack of employment or use of illegal drugs). Quite often graffiti is done in dangerous locations, such as, near train tracks, in train tunnels or on difficult to reach areas of a building. The offence of marking any property or premises with a spray can is an offence that carries a […]


Hate Speech

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December 1, 2015

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When is hate speech a crime? Should it be? Political debate has swirled around for years about how, or if at all, the government should punish people who vilify minorities. Andrew Bolt was prosecuted in the Federal Court of Australia for suggesting that some Aboriginal people weren’t really aboriginal, or at least were not aboriginal enough. But this was not a criminal prosecution – he was pursued through the Federal Court, and the worst penalty he could have received was a fine. There are criminal laws that focus on the use […]


Schoolies, Sex And The Law

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November 20, 2015

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Every twelve months, at the conclusion of the secondary school year, graduating students from all over Australia converge in Queensland (and no doubt elsewhere) to celebrate ‘schoolies’. For most, schoolies is a time of excitement, festivity and fun. For some, schoolies will include having sex with another person. For a few, this sex will be a crime. The term ‘sex’ can encompass a variety of activities but, as a matter of law and for the purpose of this article, sex has its widest meaning and includes non-penetrative but overtly sexual acts, […]

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