NSW Courts Articles

Coroner Recommends the Criminalisation of Catfishing

Goulburn prison inmate Brayden Spiteri finally texted his on-again, off-again girlfriend Renae Marsden on 5 August 2013, after a month of not responding. Spiteri had cut off communications as he had a court appearance coming up that might see him released and united with Marsden. The pair, who had never actually met face-to-face, became acquainted… Read more »

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From the NSW Supreme Court Vault: Detective Not Guilty of Slandering Marriage Matchmaker

In early-1890s Sydney, Pasquale Besomo ran a matrimonial bureau, which was a service that matched up people who wanted to get married. The Redfern local also ran a related newspaper called Matrimony. An older German man by the name of Talegrin entered into negotiations with Besomo with the hope of meeting a woman who might… Read more »

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Criminal Charges Can be Thrown Out of Court if an Arrest is Unlawful

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The former mother-in-law of Rodna Jankovic took out an apprehended domestic violence order (AVO) against her previous daughter-in-law on 20 October 2015. However, on 25 March the following year, Ms Jankovic violated the order by sending a text message to her ex-partner’s mother. The SMS tansmission warned the woman… Read more »

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The Offence of Perverting the Course of Justice in New South Wales

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Back before COVID-19 brought the NSW court system to a grinding halt, it seems that people were conjuring up fake illnesses with the aim of obtaining medical certificates from doctors to excuse them from fronting up to their scheduled court appearances. At least, that was the crux of the… Read more »

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Criminal Defence Barrister Withdraws During Trial Due to COVID-19 Concerns

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The 23rd of March 2020 was the day the prime minister’s stage 1 COVID-19 restrictions came into play. It was also the day that Michael Kahil suddenly found himself in Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court minus the barrister overseeing his defence during proceedings that commenced on 9 March, two… Read more »

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From the Supreme Court Vault: 1889’s Sordid Case of a Marriage Promise Breached

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim In mid-1879, Sydney bar licensee William Callaghan asked his hotel employee Louisa Maria Tranter to marry him, and she accepted. The proposal came about half a year after Callaghan’s first wife had passed away. In a letter to Ms Tranter dated 19 July 1881, Callaghan wrote, “Do not believe… Read more »

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The ‘Coronavirus Effect’ On the NSW Court System

The impact of Coronavirus has hit the Australian legal system, with announcements in recent days that new criminal trials in Victoria and the Northern Territory will be delayed until further notice. No new jury trials In New South Wales, all new Supreme and District Court jury trials have been suspended until further notice, although existing… Read more »

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