Posts Categorized: Criminal Law

What is a Spent Conviction?

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A spent conviction basically limits the disclosure of previous criminal convictions, meaning that if you have committed a crime in the past, it will no longer show up on your criminal record and you don’t have to disclose it to anyone, either within Australia, or overseas. It will even allow you to claim on oath… Read more »

Contempt of Court in Downing Centre District Court

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Contempt of court refers to a particular type of behaviour defined as anything which interferes with or impedes the administration of justice, or undermine the authority, dignity or performance of the court. If you have been following the trial of Hey Dad! actor Robert Hughes, being heard at the Downing Centre District Court, you may… Read more »

Nursing Home Assault Case Heard in Katoomba Local Court

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A 57-year-old former Blue Mountains nursing home worker has been charged with six counts of indecent assault in nursing homes. He was fired after the facility management received complaints from seven elderly women between 2011 and 2014. The Daily Telegraph reported that seven elderly women had complained about the man for offences that allegedly took… Read more »

Will Pleading Guilty Reduce My Sentence?

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Pleading guilty early can reduce your sentence, and the benefits of pleading guilty are much more likely to kick in the earlier that you plead. Police are often open to discussions on plea bargaining, which is where more serious charges can be dropped if you plead guilty early to lesser ones. However, one justice thinks… Read more »

The New Bail Act is Nearly Here

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The new Bail Act, passed last year, will take effect on May 20. It introduces a new way of dealing with bail. The idea is to make bail simpler, while ensuring that the community is protected from people who might pose an “unacceptable risk”, before their cases are held. Under the previous law, there was… Read more »

The Right to Remain Silent

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All Australians used to have the right to remain silent. You might even think we still do. But as of last year, words to the effect of “you have the right to remain silent” now firmly belong in the domain of a standard Hollywood crime thriller. No, it’s not quite that dramatic, and you do… Read more »

What is the Role of Criminal Barristers in Sydney?

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A criminal barrister is a legal professional with specialist training in the justice and court system. Criminal barristers are usually called in to work with clients who are going through the justice system and are facing complex or more serious legal matters. Criminal barristers in Sydney usually work from a number of different courts in the area,… Read more »