NSW Courts Articles

Should Sentences be More Severe Where the Victim is “Vulnerable”?

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On 2 June 2015, the NSW Supreme Court found Andrew Mervyn Sumpton guilty of the “spontaneous but brutal” murder of Michelle Roberts. He was also convicted on two counts of arson for burning down Ms Roberts’ South Grafton house, along with all her property. For the two arson charges, Justice… Read more »

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Should a Bad Upbringing Lead to a Reduced Sentence?

Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are significantly over-represented in the Australian prison system, with incarceration rates that are 14 times higher than non-Indigenous people. The Indigenous imprisonment rate in Australia is the highest in the world. First Nations peoples made up 27 percent of the nation’s adult prison population as of June… Read more »

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Majority Verdicts in New South Wales

For hundreds of years, juries in NSW criminal trials were required to return ‘unanimous’ verdicts of either guilty or not guilty, in order for an accused person to be convicted or acquitted of a crime. This meant that all 12 members of the jury had to reach the same conclusion about whether the prosecution had… Read more »

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NSW Supreme Court Rejects Council Merger Plans

The remaining council merger plans of the the NSW government have been thrown into question after the NSW Supreme Court ruled that the process did not accord with procedural fairness. The Ku-ring-gai council has won its appeal against a proposed merger with Hornsby Council, with the court criticising the secrecy of the process. The ruling casts… Read more »

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