NSW Courts Articles

AI Generated and Digitally-Translated Character References Aren’t Acceptable in Court

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim “In my view, it is clearly inappropriate that personal references used in sentencing proceedings are generated by, or with the assistance of” a large language model program, determined ACT Supreme Court Justice David Mossop two weeks ago. And as to why, his Honour explained that “if they are not… Read more »

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NSW Bans the Use of Spit Hoods in Places of Detention

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Two incidents in 2016 that involved spit hoods in certain Australian jurisdictions brought the issue of the controversial use of these antiquated devices to national and global attention. The first was the airing of the Four Corners documentary Australia’s Shame, which featured imagery of a shirtless 17-year-old Aboriginal boy strapped to… Read more »

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Unjust Drug Driving Laws Persist, Eight Years on from Historic Ruling

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Eight years ago last Thursday, in Lismore Local Court, then NSW Magistrate David Heilpern ruled in favour of Joseph Carrall in regard to a drug driving charge, as he found the accused hadn’t consumed cannabis for “at least nine days prior” to testing positive for driving with its presence in… Read more »

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Roger Rogerson: Decorated NSW Police Officer and Cold-Blooded Killer

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Legendary Sydney whistleblower Sallie-Anne Huckstepp knew her time was up after she’d accussed NSW police detective sergeant Roger Rogerson of killing her boyfriend, heroin dealer Warren Lanfranchi, during a 1981 interview with 60 Minutes. Such was the reputation of the notorious Sydney police officer, who died on 21 January, after suffering… Read more »

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The Offence of Engaging in Legal Practice Without Being Admitted as a Lawyer

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim What possessed Matthew Laba to pose as a registered Sydney criminal lawyer and represent four clients across four separate criminal cases in courts across the Greater Sydney region over a period of months, continues to remain a mystery. Indeed, it’s been lost upon no one that the television series Suits,… Read more »

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Bromley Versus the King: Australia’s Worst Miscarriage of Justice Continues

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Ngarrindjeri and Narungga man Derek Bromley was sentenced to life imprisonment by the South Australian Supreme Court on 14 March 1985, for the murder of Stephen Docoza, who was bludgeoned to death on 4 April 1984 and was found floating in Adelaide’s River Torrens days later. Bromley’s case is significant as… Read more »

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The Appeal Court’s Reasoning for Quashing Kathleen Folbigg’s Criminal Convictions

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim NSW Supreme Court Justice Graham Barr sentenced Newcastle woman Kathleen Folbigg to 40 years imprisonment, with non-parole set at 30 years, on 21 May 2003, in relation to the murder of three of her young children and the manslaughter of another. Folbigg became known as the nation’s “worst female serial… Read more »

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Criminal Offence Against Protesting is Partially Unconstitutional, NSW Supreme Court finds

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The NSW antiprotest regime has partially fallen over in the face of a NSW Supreme Court challenge that was raised in October 2022, after the Perrottet government, with the unquestioning support of the Labor opposition, passed laws that effectively wiped out unapproved disruptive protests. The legal challenge was brought by two… Read more »

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