NSW Courts Articles

Basic Steps in a NSW Jury Trial

Clients charged with serious criminal offences whose cases proceed to a higher court – such as the District or Supreme Court – are often ‘in the dark’ about the steps involved in a jury trial. And why wouldn’t they be? Television shows often depict a dramatic trial consisting of a little cross-examination (almost always involving… Read more »

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Make Me an SC!

Being appointed ‘silk’ or Senior Counsel (SC) is the ‘Holy Grail’ for barristers. It allows them to charge a lot more for their services and gives them a certain ‘cache’ as standing out as the most respected in their profession. Needless to say, the stakes to attain the rank of Senior Counsel are high. Every… Read more »

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The Link Between Brain Imbalances and Criminal Behaviour

With a growing understanding of genetic influences on behaviour and personality, researchers suggest that neuroscience should be highly relevant in the criminal justice process. Neuroscientist David Eagleman argues that less emphasis should be placed upon punishing offenders with brain imbalances, and that neurobiology should be used to manage criminality generally. Justifications for Sentencing Section 3A… Read more »

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Frequent Fiddler Sues for Dashed Dreams

pBy Mathew Drogemuller and Ugur Nedim In an extraordinary NSW Supreme Court case, a Chinese Businessman is suing North Sydney based escort agency, Royal Court Escorts, for $3.7 million. Wealthy businessman Yu ‘Martin’ Xu has a penchant for sex with famous international A-listers. He allegedly paid millions to Royal Escorts to sleep with actress Megan… Read more »

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Unlawful Removal of Testicle

It seems the exorbitant cost of medical treatment in NSW has caused one man to take drastic action. A 52-year-old Port Macquarie man suffering the effects of being kicked in the ‘family jewels’ by a horse – and being unable to afford the recommended procedure – decided to find a more affordable option. In early May,… Read more »

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Justice for Workers: 7-Eleven Ordered to Pay More Than $400k

A Brisbane businessman will have to pay more than $400,000 after a court found he had been grossly underpaying workers at his West End 7-Eleven convenience store. Sheng-Chieh Lo, who owns a store at the centre of a wider investigation into systemic exploitation of workers by 7-Eleven, has been penalised $68,058 personally, and his company,… Read more »

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I’m Gonna Kill Him! Threats Made Through Third Parties

By Matthew Drogemuller and Ugur Nedim Intimidation-type offences have been enacted to prohibit the making of threats towards the personal safety of others. For instance, section 60(1) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) makes it an offence to assault, throws a missile at, stalk, harass or intimidate a police officer who is in the execution… Read more »

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