Posts Categorized: Criminal Law

The NSW Local Court Practice Note for Criminal Proceedings Part 3: DV cases, penalty enforcement annulment and the MERIT program

Courts downing

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Local Court Practice Note Crim 1 is a document that sets out how the NSW Local Court organises its proceedings when it comes to trying criminal matters summarily. The practice note was updated on 23 October this year, and this article and those preceding it outline its content…. Read more »

New Laws Relating to Offences Against Pregnant Women in NSW


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The decade-long debate in NSW around foetal personhood laws continues as NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian and attorney general Mark Speakman have released exposure draft legislation seeking to establish a circumstance of aggravation for criminal offences perpetrated against pregnant women. Released on 10 November, the draft Crimes Legislation (Offences Against… Read more »

NSW Drug Supply Offences, Deemed Supply and the Overturning of the Clark Principle

Packing cocaine

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Alleged leader of a southwest Sydney dial-a-cocaine ring Sarah Rutherford was released on bail on 13 May this year, after being remanded in prison for close to three months, following a late February raid on her Greenacre home, which turned up the illicit substance and drug paraphernalia. The 30-year-old… 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

Dog in court

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 »

NSW to Consider Coercive Control Laws, As National Campaign Picks Up

Domestic control

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Coercive control is a form of domestic abuse perpetrated by one partner against another. It can involve a range of tactics – intimidation, isolation, humiliation – which work to “dominate and control” the partner, explains the coalition behind the Criminalise Coercive Control campaign. “It is a strong precursor to… Read more »

The Offence of Organising a Drug Premises, and Police Powers of Entry

Rhodes in Sydney

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim NSW Police Strike Force Smede raided a Rhodes riverside apartment on 27 September 2020, uncovering a clandestine drug laboratory in the unit’s garage, while a subsequent raid on a vault on Castlereagh Street in Sydney’s CBD turned up illegal drugs related to the large-scale operation. Along with the lab… Read more »

Suppression and Non-Publication Orders in New South Wales

Parramatta Courthouse

A Sydney-based criminal defence lawyer charged with aggravated  sexual assault is seeking to have his name suppressed, along with the name of the firm where he works. The lawyer is trying to save his reputation, and that of his employer, by preventing the publication of what police allege is a “salacious” and cocaine-riddled culture within… Read more »