Posts By: Sydney Criminal Lawyers

Are Non-Lawyers Allowed to Give Legal Advice?

Legal advice

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim In December 2012, the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia charged James Dean and Mark Simonsen with engaging in legal practice despite being unqualified to do so. The pair of non-lawyers had provided legal advice to a husband divorcing his wife and charged $5,000 for the service. The non-lawyers… Read more »

Facebook Administrators Are Liable for Defamatory Comments Posted By Users

Facebook Comments

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Former Don Dale Youth Detention Centre detainee Dylan Voller was successful in a case brought against three of Australia’s largest media organisations last year. The First Nations man claimed the companies, as publishers, were liable for comments third parties posted on their Facebook pages. Voller’s mistreatment and brutalisation at… Read more »

Criminal Charges Can be Thrown Out of Court if an Arrest is Unlawful

Police Station entrance

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The former mother-in-law of Rodna Jankovic took out an apprehended domestic violence order (AVO) against her previous daughter-in-law on 20 October 2015. However, on 25 March the following year, Ms Jankovic violated the order by sending a text message to her ex-partner’s mother. The SMS tansmission warned the woman… Read more »

Criminal Defence Barrister Withdraws During Trial Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Downing Centre Courthouse Sydney

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The 23rd of March 2020 was the day the prime minister’s stage 1 COVID-19 restrictions came into play. It was also the day that Michael Kahil suddenly found himself in Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court minus the barrister overseeing his defence during proceedings that commenced on 9 March, two… Read more »

From the Supreme Court Vault: 1889’s Sordid Case of a Marriage Promise Breached

Old marriage

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim In mid-1879, Sydney bar licensee William Callaghan asked his hotel employee Louisa Maria Tranter to marry him, and she accepted. The proposal came about half a year after Callaghan’s first wife had passed away. In a letter to Ms Tranter dated 19 July 1881, Callaghan wrote, “Do not believe… Read more »

The ‘Coronavirus Effect’ On the NSW Court System

Downing Centre

The impact of Coronavirus has hit the Australian legal system, with announcements in recent days that new criminal trials in Victoria and the Northern Territory will be delayed until further notice. No new jury trials In New South Wales, all new Supreme and District Court jury trials have been suspended until further notice, although existing… Read more »

Extended Supervision Orders in New South Wales

NSW Parliament

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Supreme Court found that a cannabis activist who posted ‘I would like to blog up parliament’ posed no real threat, and declined to make an extended supervision order. George Dickson was on remand at the John Morony Correctional Centre in July 2018, when he was required to participate… Read more »

Digital Identity Theft and Online Fraud in NSW

Online fraud

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Inner west Sydney resident Adam Hills was arrested last week over an alleged cyber fraud operation involving him stealing the personal data of more than 80 people online, and then using it to unlock both bank and superannuation accounts to withdraw money. From there Jones used individuals’ personal details… Read more »