Posts Categorized: NSW Courts

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 »

Jury Duty: Stressful and Difficult for Most

Jury Duty

Hundreds of thousands of Australians are summonsed for jury service each year. It is an important civic duty which is vital to the administration of our criminal justice system. But research suggests that for most who are empanelled, the experience can be stressful and even cause lasting trauma. Juror Stress According to Paula Agor, director… 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 »