NSW Courts Articles

Happy 50th Birthday NSWCCA!

The NSW Court of Criminal Appeal (NSWCCA) is the highest criminal court in the state. It is presided over by a panel of three Supreme Court Justices (or five in some cases), and hears appeals from the District and Supreme Courts of NSW. Defendants who have been sentenced can appeal to the NSWCCA if they… Read more »

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Separation of Powers: Politician Tells Judge to Resign or Face Removal

New South Wales District Court judge Clive Jeffreys made headlines recently, criticised for being too lenient. One newspaper’s headline read “Judged Inadequate” while another’s said “Fails of Justice”. Judge Jeffreys, appointed to the bench in 2011, has faced attacks not only from the media, but also from a Senior NSW Government MP. Andrew Constance, the… Read more »

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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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