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 two men 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 engaged in the… 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 »