Posts By: NSW Courts

NSW Prosecutor Convicted Over Misconduct

Data ball

By Blake O’Connor and Ugur Nedim Prosecutors in NSW are required to follow a range of rules, which include duties of fairness and disclosure to the defence. They are meant to act to a high ethical standard in the performance of their duties, recognising that a well-resourced prosecution carries immense power over those whose liberty… Read more »

Unlawful Removal of Testicle

Old male

It seems the exorbitant cost of medical treatment in NSW has caused one man to take drastic action. A 52-year-old Port Macquarie man suffering the effects of being kicked in the ‘family jewels’ by a horse – and being unable to afford the recommended procedure – decided to find a more affordable option. In early May,… Read more »

Husband Gets Payout After Wife Refuses to Settle

Disagree vs agree

Despite the sums of money involved in this case, it is not a story about a famous actor, sports star or wealthy statesperson. It is about an ordinary English couple whose relationship breakup has just cost the woman £200,000. And although it didn’t happen in NSW, it sends a warning that greed can have serious… Read more »

Legal Aid Struggling to Help Family Violence Victims

NSW Legal Aid

National Legal Aid Chair Suzan Cox QC believes new domestic violence figures highlight the importance of a strong legal aid service to help those unable to afford private legal representation, especially in family law cases. “The data shows that underfunded legal aid commissions are confronting high numbers of disintegrating low-income families who are wrestling with… Read more »

Mandatory Pre-Trial Defence Disclosures: Removing Legal Protections

Enquiries at DCC

The Criminal Procedure Amendment (Mandatory Pre-trial Defence Disclosure) Bill was introduced by the NSW government in 2013, and passed by both houses of Parliament. It is embodied in Part 3, Division 3 of the Criminal Procedure Act (‘the Act’) which essentially requires the prosecution and defence in District or Supreme Court criminal trial proceedings to serve… Read more »

The Resurgence of Public Shaming

Child covering face

A man in the United States city of Liberty, Ohio has received an unusual punishment for attempting to steal a 52 inch television. Greg Davenport pleaded ‘no contest’ to the charge and was given the option between thirty days in prison and walking ten 8-hour days with a sign that says, “I am a thief-… Read more »

Anti-Protest Laws: Sending People to Court for Expressing an Opinion

Protest on road

By Andrew Knezevic The ability to peacefully protest is a democratic freedom that has been enjoyed by Australians for many decades, historically protected by the common law. However, an announcement last month by NSW Premier Mike Baird means the right to protest is severely under threat. Civil libertarian groups are especially concerned about the ability to… Read more »

Technology Fights Domestic Violence

Woman scared

By Sonia Hickey The statistics paint a horribly bleak picture: One woman is killed by her partner every week in Australia. According to figures published by Destroy the Joint’s Counting Dead Women Initiative, 16 women have already died this year as a result of family violence. In 2015, a staggering 79 women were killed at… Read more »