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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 […]


Lidar Devices – Further Debate About Police Prosecutions for Speeding

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October 22, 2015

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An article recently appeared in the Daily Telegraph that has provoked further debate about Police prosecutions for speeding. According to the article, a Defendant was arguing that the certification for the Police Radar Gun was deficient, meaning that the speed measurement could not be relied upon in Court. The laws around the use of speed measuring devices are extremely powerful, provided the rules are followed to the letter. A person who was caught on a speed measuring device is deemed to be travelling that speed unless that person is able to […]


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 […]


Gun Crime in NSW

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May 31, 2013

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It has become increasingly clear that gun crime is a concern in NSW. Indeed, we have previously written about gun crime in Sydney, and posited that the only way to reduce it is by dedicating more of our state resources to investigating and prosecuting the illegal possession and use of firearms. Worryingly, last month in NSW, we experienced what was dubbed one of the “worst crime weeks” by the NSW Police, after 10 people were shot in the space of 5 days. As a result of this trend, a national crackdown […]


Bushfires

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January 18, 2013

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Malicious Bushfires Unfortunately bushfires are a common part of life in Australia. Most fires are contained quickly and only minor damage occurs. However as we have seen time and time again all over the country, these fires can have devastating consequences. 2013 has so far proved to be a difficult year for bushfires, with weather conditions such that there have been a number of total fire bans across NSW. More disturbing than the fires themselves, is the fact that many bushfires are man-made fires, either accidentally or maliciously lit. For example, […]


Sydney Gun Laws

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November 5, 2012

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Sydney Shootings Over recent weeks there have been a number of reports of shootings in various suburbs of Western Sydney. It is arguable that people have switched off from this violence, and consider it to be part and parcel of the gang activity which is notorious in some of those areas. For many people involved in the criminal justice system, the most interesting part of the situation is the clearly prolific possession of firearms. There are strict gun law in force in NSW and throughout Australia. However, it is clear that […]


Drug Season

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October 3, 2012

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With the Labour Day long weekend just behind us, and the summer months fast approaching, Sydneysiders are preparing for many weekends relaxing and soaking up the sun. It is also that time of year for music festivals. Parklife, the first major mainstream festival of the season was held in Sydney over the weekend. The NSW police praised the majority of the revellers on their good behaviour while noting the offences that allegedly occurred.   According to a NSW Police media release there were six people charged with offensive conduct, twelve with […]

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