NSW Courts Articles

Tens of Thousands Forced to Represent Themselves in Court

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Tens of thousands of Australians are forced to represent themselves in court every year – often against powerful and well-funded prosecution teams – as it becomes increasingly difficult to receive assistance from community legal centres and legal aid commissions. The National Association of Community Legal Centres estimates that it turns… Read more »

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NSW Supreme Court Orders High-Flying Conman to Repay Victims

Peter Foster’s trail of cons and aliases goes back decades, but now some of his victims are set to receive a portion of their money back after the NSW Supreme Court ordered they be reimbursed more than $10 million. Supreme Court Justice Michael Ball ruled in favour of civil action brought by 165 investors against… Read more »

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Domestic Violence Sentence Stands as a Deterrent, Despite Muldrock Error

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On 10 December 2006, Theodore Efthimiadis was standing on a platform at Central Station waiting for a train to the Central Coast. He looked to his side and noticed an old acquaintance he’d met in prison 20 years earlier. That person was later referred to as ‘Mr X’ during… Read more »

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Oral Sex on Drunk Men Can Be Just As Serious As Sexual Penetration, Court Finds

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A jury found Hoe Fatt Lee guilty of three counts of sexual intercourse without consent, as under section 61I of the NSW Crimes Act 1900, which provides that a person who has sexual intercourse with another person without consent is liable to up to 14 years imprisonment. On 26… Read more »

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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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