NSW Courts Articles

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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NSW Supreme Court Will Decide How Bushfire Donations Are Distributed

Aussie Comedian Celeste Barber heads to the Supreme Court for complex legal battle. She raised more than $50 million in bushfire donations. Now the money is stuck in a legal deadlock, stopping it from being distributed where it’s needed most. In the days after her own family was directly affected by devastating bushfires, Aussie comedian… Read more »

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First Nations People Cannot Be Deported as Aliens, High Court Rules

The majority of the High Court of Australia ruled on 11 February that the First Nations people of this continent cannot be deported as aliens, even if they’re noncitizens, in cases where their Indigeneity can be proven. The decision was based on the tripartite test of Indigeneity established in the landmark 1992 High Court case… Read more »

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Digital Identity Theft and Online Fraud in NSW

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Inner west Sydney resident Adam Hills was arrested last week over an alleged cyber fraud operation involving him stealing the personal data of more than 80 people online, and then using it to unlock both bank and superannuation accounts to withdraw money. From there Jones used individuals’ personal details… Read more »

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Sentencing for Multiple Offences: Concurrent and Cumulative Sentences

A 29-year old man is facing a string of charges after a tragic road accident which killed four children and hospitalised three more over the weekend. The children were riding their bikes on the footpath in Oatlands near Parramatta on Saturday evening when they were struck by the 4WD ute. Police arrested the driver of… Read more »

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Dishonesty Offences Under the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A spokesperson for the Australian federal police announced late last Thursday that it would not be pursuing an investigation into claims author and historian Bruce Pascoe lied about his Aboriginal heritage for financial gain, as “no Commonwealth offence had been identified”. Worimi entrepreneur Josephine Cashman alleged Pascoe was lying… Read more »

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Parklea Private Prison Operator Found Negligent Over Inmate Bashing

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim At around 1.40 pm on 23 May 2012, three inmates entered the cell of Caleb O’Connor at the privately-run Parklea Correctional Centre and bashed him with a sandwich press, causing severe head injuries. As the attack took place, the doors to adjacent cells had been left open, which blocked… Read more »

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