NSW Courts Articles

Coroner: ‘Baby Boxes’ Can Save Unwanted Babies

New South Wales Deputy Coroner, Magistrate Hugh Dillion, has delivered his findings on the tragic death of baby “Lily Grace”; describing it as “mysterious, distressing and, indeed, confronting”. There are still no clear answers about the circumstances of Lily’s birth and death. Her tiny body was discovered on Maroubra Beach in the early summer days… Read more »

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Police Apply to Supreme Court to Stop Commemorative Rally

Last Friday, police lost their Supreme Court bid to block an indigenous rights rally to commemorate the death of TJ Hickey (above), an indigenous teenager killed in 2004 during what many believe was a police pursuit. But the rally went ahead last Sunday as scheduled, starting at TJ Hickey Park and ending at Sydney Town… Read more »

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Haunted Courts in NSW

Going to court is not normally a pleasant event; but for some, it’s downright spooky. In fact, there have been reports of ghost sightings and other paranormal activity in some NSW courts. ‘John’, resident ghost of Casino Local Court Casino, a small town in Northern NSW, is supposedly haunted by resident ghost ‘John.’ The registrar… Read more »

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Judicial Discretion in Sentencing

Magistrates and judges have a significant amount of power when presiding over cases. That power ranges from determining what evidence can be used in court, right up to the appropriate penalty that a particular defendant should be given if they plead guilty or are found guilty. Judicial discretion is an important aspect of the sentencing… Read more »

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Religion Inside the Courtroom: Should Oaths Be Scrapped?

The South Australian Law Reform Institute has recommended that the choice to take a religious oath when giving evidence should be scrapped in favour of a universal, non-religious promise to tell the truth in court, known as an ‘affirmation’. The Institute made several recommendations in its final report delivered just this week, which was a… Read more »

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New $100 Million Coroner’s Court for NSW

NSW is set to welcome a brand new Coroner’s Court, with Attorney General Gabrielle Upton announcing a $100 million package earlier this week. The package will see the NSW Coroner’s Court, which has been located in Glebe since 1970, relocated to Lidcombe in Sydney’s west. NSW Health Pathology’s forensic medicine unit will also be shifted… Read more »

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