NSW Courts Articles

Salim Mehajer Refused Bail

Controversial Sydney businessman Salim Mehajer has been refused bail because of his ‘arrogant disregard for the law’. Former Sydney businessman, Salim Mehajer has consistently been in trouble with the law since his lavish wedding in 2015 which featured a fighter jet, four helicopters, a fleet of sports cars and a sea plane … and completely… Read more »

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NSW Lawyer ‘Struck Off’ for Lying About Criminal Record

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Former Auckland barrister Minkai Huang was struck off the New Zealand roll of solicitors and barristers on 26 November 2014, when the NZ Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal found him unfit to practice due to a conviction for theft. On 14 October 2013, Mr Huang pleaded guilty to stealing $9,475,… Read more »

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Residential Rehabilitation Should Partly Count Towards Prison Sentence

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim At around 1.30 pm on 19 August 2015, Visheshwarajan Reddy was driving his utility in a southerly direction down the Hume Highway close to the Southern Tablelands town of Marulan. The driver was travelling from the Sydney suburb of Leppington to Canberra to visit his children. Five witnesses described… Read more »

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Justice Requires Consistency in Punishment

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim In September 2015, Australian Border Force (ABF) officers examined a consignment from South Korea described as mobile phone cases, which actually contained 275,000 cartons of branded cigarettes. If successful, the smugglers would have avoided paying $290,000 in duty. Under ABF watch, the consignment was permitted to continue on to… Read more »

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Early Guilty Pleas Must Result in Shorter Sentences

by Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Between March and October 2016, Mr Rainer Kristensen conducted sexualised chats over social media with ten girls aged between 11 and 15 years old. The offender knew his behaviour was wrong and he deleted the files containing the explicit exchanges after concluding the chats. Mr Kristensen began chatting with… Read more »

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Supreme Court Grants Bail to Renowned Medicinal Cannabis Doctor

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The medicinal benefits of cannabis have become widely accepted in Australia. Indeed, the Turnbull government passed legislation in February 2016, which set up a licensing scheme for “the cultivation and production of cannabis and cannabis resin for medicinal and scientific purposes.” However, the establishment of legalised medicinal cannabis has been… Read more »

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