Posts By: NSW Courts

Money Laundering: Government Requires Professionals to Report Suspicious Activities of Clients

Lawyer questioning client

The last two decades has seen numerous pieces of anti-money laundering and proceeds of crime legislation enacted by the federal parliament, as well as state and territory legislatures across the nation. These laws are ostensibly aimed at preventing the financial proceeds of criminal activity being ‘laundered’, meaning used to fund investments in assets such as… Read more »

The Injustice of NSW Drug Driving Laws Has Been Compounded

Drug Driving

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim In a 4 July 2022 letter on drug driving laws, Drive Change campaign lead David Heilpern explained to NSW Labor MLC Chris Rath that when he was a NSW Magistrate, he’d sentenced “literally hundreds of defendants”, who were on cannabis medicine yet convicted over drug driving. Indeed, part of… Read more »

High Court Rules Indefinite Detention of High Risk Offenders Is Constitutional

Court Indefinite Detention

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The High Court of Australia has, for the second time in 18 months, ruled in favour of a legal regime that permits indefinite detention. However, unlike its June 2021 ruling, which found that the executive can detain illegal noncitizens without end, last Wednesday’s decision impacts inmates deemed high risk. The case… Read more »

The Offence of Displaying a Nazi Symbol by a Public Act Without Reasonable Excuse

Nazi Symbol

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The NSW government last Thursday banned the public display of Nazi symbols, including the Hakenkreuz, the Third Reich’s corruption of the ancient swastika, making this state the second jurisdiction nationally to prohibit the insignia associated with antisemitism, racism and genocide. Introduced in late June, the Crimes Amendment (Prohibition on Display of… Read more »

NSW Barrister Struck Off for Tax Evasion

Australian tax office

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 »

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

Mental Health meeting

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 »