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Policy on Police Pursuits

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April 12, 2016

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Engaging in a police pursuit, also known as offence under "Skye's Law" named after a young girl killed in a police pursuit, is an extremely serious offence where a term of imprisonment is realistic even if you have no prior criminal record and are otherwise a person of good character. The seriousness with which Courts regards such offences is a product of the clear danger posed to innocent members of the community. Because of the danger, there are carefully considered and detailed policies in place to guide Police Officers in deciding […]


Hoverboards and other wheeled vehicles

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March 29, 2016

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We have reached 2016, so it is only natural that ‘hoverboards’ are gliding down every street. Indeed, one of the big ticket items this past Christmas Season was the ‘Revo Glider’. If you are lucky enough to be the owner of one of these contraptions, you might be surprised to find out that your use of such a product is governed quite heavily by NSW traffic law. You might have already noted that most retailer’s websites include a short warning in relation to the legality of using the ‘Revo Glider’ on […]


New laws for cyclists – March 2016

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January 21, 2016

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The NSW Government will in March 2016 introduce laws requiring that motorists to leave at least a one metre gap as they overtake cyclists. For many motorists this will be a difficult or impossible task where roads are narrow or there is heavy traffic. Motorists already challenged by road spaces ill-designed and ill-suited to sharing with cyclists will no doubt find this immensely frustrating. The unavoidable reality, however, is an increasing emphasis by Local and the State governments to encourage use of the roadways by cyclists and accordingly the new laws […]


Police Carrying Guns in Court

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September 17, 2015

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On Tuesday, 4 August 2015 the Deputy Premier of New South Wales, Mr Troy Grant, made a media release stating that Police will now be able to wear their guns in court. This new protocol took effect on 10 August 2015. Prior to this protocol being introduced by the NSW Government, police were not permitted to bring their guns into a courthouse or courtroom unless they sought and gained special permission from a judicial officer.  The media release cites Australia’s heightened terrorism alert and the risk posed to police, judicial officers […]


Security Licensing Shortcuts: NSW Government On Guard

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February 19, 2015

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The Australian Security Industry Association (ASIAL) is pushing for standardised training requirements across Australia, as figures released by New South Wales police show increased criminal activity amongst security guards over the course of 2014. The numbers show that 164 security guards had their licences revoked in 2014 for committing offences including stealing, assault, stalking and drug offences. Breaking these figures down, 50 guards were convicted of stealing, 44 for assault, 38 for stalking and intimidation and 14 for drug offences. A further 12 licences were revoked for firearms offences and 12 […]


Regulated drug availability in NSW

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January 15, 2015

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Leading legal figures have put forward a radical proposal to curb the influence of black-market drug operations in Sydney and abroad. The plan, devised by the New South Wales Bar Association's criminal law committee, is designed to provide a regulated system where drugs are legally available. It is important to acknowledge that the committee consists of highly-respected legal figures that have prosecuted and defended criminal matters. It stands to reason that their opinion is based on years of handling drug-related matters in New South Wales courts. The shock suggestion comes in […]

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