Posts By: Sydney Criminal Lawyers

The Ten Commandments of Evidence-In-Chief

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By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Evidence-in-chief involves a witness being questioned in court by the party that called them to appear. Also referred to as examination-in-chief, this initial questioning establishes the foundation of either a defence or prosecution case, and it occurs prior to cross-examination. There are limitations to the type of questions a… Read more »

NSW DPP Prosecuting Guidelines Part 3: Charge Negotiations, Vulnerable and Unrepresented Defendants, Judge-Alone Trials, Jury Selection, Retrials, Proceeds of Crime and the Media

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By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim In carrying out its operations, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) follows the procedures set out in the ODPP Prosecution Guidelines. This article is the final in a series summarising the processes and principles set out in the document, which govern the independent body that prosecutes… Read more »

NSW DPP Prosecuting Guidelines Part 2: Prosecution’s Duty of Disclosure, Immunities, Informants, Victims of Crime and Vulnerable Witnesses

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By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Having been in operation since July 1987, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) is the statutory body that prosecutes those who have committed serious offences against the laws in NSW on behalf of the state and its people. The NSW Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is… Read more »

NSW DPP Prosecuting Guidelines Part 1: DPP’s Role, The Decision to Prosecute, Elections to Take Over Cases and Advising Police

ODPP

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) is this state’s independent prosecuting body. Established under the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1986 (NSW) (the DPP Act), the ODPP prosecutes serious offences committed against the laws of this state on behalf of its people. The ODPP is… Read more »

The NSW Local Court Practice Note for Criminal Proceedings Part 2: Vacating Hearings, AV Links, Mental Illness and Media Recordings

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By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Updated on 23 October 2020, the Local Court Practice Note Crim 1 is a document that details how the NSW Local Court organises proceedings around the hearing of criminal offences that are to be tried summarily. As the first article in the series outlines, this involves dealing with less… Read more »

The NSW Local Court Practice Note for Criminal Proceedings Part 1: Summary, Table and Commonwealth Procedures, Mentions and Notices of Appearance

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By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim. A practice note is a guide produced by a court to set out how it manages its cases and the procedures that apply. The Local Court Practice Note Crim 1 is the document setting out criminal case management within the NSW Local Court. And it was updated on 23… Read more »

Freedom of Information in NSW: The GIPA Laws

Freedom of Information

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim David Shoebridge is quite fond of the NSW GIPA laws, which are also known as freedom of information (FOI). These laws have allowed the NSW Greens MLC to access and highlight information around gun ownership, consorting laws and police plans to bust up the 2014 Bentley Blockade. The heavy… Read more »

Every Dog Has His Day: Angus the Schnauzer Wins in the NSW Supreme Court

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By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The New South Wales Court of Appeal (NSWCA) has made what’s being labelled as a landmark decision for pet owners in apartment buildings and other strata managed premises. Angus’ owner, soul singer Jo Cooper, has endured a five year legal battle with the strata corporation of a prestige Darlinghurst… Read more »