NSW Courts Articles

Arrested for Political Satire: The Contentious Charging of the Friendlyjordies Producer

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The arrest of YouTube channel Friendlyjordies producer Kristo Langker has raised widespread condemnation for what many are asserting was a politically motivated act of police overreach on the part of plainclothes officers. Three detectives from the NSW Police Fixated Persons Investigations Unit showed up at Langker’s front door to… Read more »

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Federal Court Labels Illegal Robodebt Extortion Scheme a “Massive… Stuff-Up”

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim In his 11 June ruling on the class action taken against the Coalition government’s Centrelink robodebt scheme, Federal Court Justice Bernard Murphy said that rather than “a conspiracy”, he found the unlawful automated debt collection initiative to be “a stuff-up”, albeit “a massive one”. Initiated by then social services… Read more »

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The NSW Police State Laws Paving the Way for One Nation Measures

Cancel culture is the practice of boycotting a well-known personality or company for espousing objectionable or offensive views. NSW One Nation leader Mark Latham has a special aversion to this emerging trend, which he perceives as a threat to freedom of speech. “This is anti-intellectualism at its core,” Latham told the Bolt Report mid-last year…. Read more »

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NSW Barrister Struck Off for Tax Evasion

On 11 October 2012, the NSW Bar Association attached eleven financial management and reporting conditions upon the practising certificate of a NSW barrister to ensure he met his obligations to submit business activity statements and tax returns with the Australian Tax Office. These conditions continued to apply to his practising certificates up until the year… Read more »

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Confos v DPP: Balancing Competing Interests When Determining Mental Health Applications

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim At an intersection in Sydney city on 11 October 2003, Anthony Confos sounded his horn to indicate that the taxi driver pulled up in front of him should proceed. But as the taxi remained stationary, Confos drove up beside it, and commenced hurling abuse and gesturing towards the driver…. Read more »

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Section 20BQ Applications: Mental Health at Time of Hearing is Relevant, Not When the Alleged Offence Occurred

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Abdelaziz Ali Mahamat-Abdelgader arrived in Australia seeking asylum in June 2012. The citizen of the African nation of Chad was refused immigration clearance at the airport, taken into immigration custody and transferred to Sydney’s Villawood Immigration Detention Centre. Abdelgader applied for a protection visa. He claimed refugee status on… Read more »

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Questions Remain After Judge Corrects Sentencing Error for Manslaughter of Transgender Woman

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On the afternoon of 20 September 2019, 31-year-old RAAF corporal Rian Toyer became aware that Mhelody Bruno was continuing to use Grindr, despite the pair having met on the app three weeks prior and been in an intimate relationship ever since. The pair argued. Toyer removed Bruno’s belongings from… Read more »

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Criminal Negligence and Breach of Duty of Care in New South Wales

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Ted Stone was totally blind, partially deaf and in his late sixties, when his sister Fanny, who suffered from mental health issues and anorexia, came to stay with him. Living in 1970s England, Stone was already sharing his home with his partner Gwendolyn Dobinson and his disabled son. Whilst… Read more »

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