Posts By: Sydney Criminal Lawyers

Judge Gets Maximum Penalty Wrong

Supreme Court of NSW

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Between March and June 2014, Matthew “Fatty” Stapleton was under investigation by the NSW police for mid-level supply of methamphetamine. Officers were granted the power to conduct a controlled operation, and recordings suggested that Mr Stapleton and Shane Mooney were associates. On 16 May 2014, Stapleton contacted an undercover officer and… Read more »

The Evolution of the NSW Judiciary

Central local court

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim In April 1787, the British parliament passed the New South Wales Courts Act, which created a court of criminal judicature in the soon-to-be founded penal colony on the eastern coast of NSW. The Act provided that the court was for “the trial and punishment” of “outrages and misbehaviours” deemed “to be treason… Read more »

NSW District Court Struggles, As Caseload Doubles

District Courts in NSW

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The trial backlog of the NSW District Criminal Court has been at a critical level for years. In 2015, the NSW Law Reform Commission (NSWLRC) described the “sheer volume of trial matters” pending before the court as “overwhelming”. At the end of July last year, there were 2,042 criminal trials and… Read more »

Tens of Thousands Forced to Represent Themselves in Court

Justice Poorrich

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Tens of thousands of Australians are forced to represent themselves in court every year – often against powerful and well-funded prosecution teams – as it becomes increasingly difficult to receive assistance from community legal centres and legal aid commissions. The National Association of Community Legal Centres estimates that it turns… Read more »

Oral Sex on Drunk Men Can Be Just As Serious As Sexual Penetration, Court Finds

Queen Square Supreme Court NSW

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A jury found Hoe Fatt Lee guilty of three counts of sexual intercourse without consent, as under section 61I of the NSW Crimes Act 1900, which provides that a person who has sexual intercourse with another person without consent is liable to up to 14 years imprisonment. On 26 September 2014,… Read more »