Posts By: Sydney Criminal Lawyers

Drug Dealing Does Not Necessarily Warrant Imprisonment

Supreme Court of NSW

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Last week, the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal (NSWCCA) determined that a precedent followed by the state’s courts had become a “judicially imposed constraint”. That rule stated that a person convicted of a substantial drug supply must be sentenced to full time imprisonment unless there were ‘exceptional circumstances’. Over… Read more »

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 »