Posts Categorized: NSW Courts

Guilty Plea Overturned Due to Criminal Defence Lawyer’s “Seriously Flawed” Advice

Downing Centre Court Complex

Daniel Foran was working as security at Pyrmont’s Harlequin Hotel in the early hours of 21 June last year, when he was required to remove a patron from the establishment. After the inebriated man swung at him several times, Foran punched him, causing the customer to fall to the ground. Following the removal of the… Read more »

Facebook Administrators Are Liable for Defamatory Comments Posted By Users

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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 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 »

COVID-19: NSW District Court Comes to a Virtual Standstill

Courts in Sydney Pre-Lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a range of restrictions being placed upon the conduct of Local Court cases, and the situation until now in the District Court has been that no new jury trials have been set down, or allowed to commence, until further notice. The measures are designed to reduce the prospects of… 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 »

The ‘Coronavirus Effect’ On the NSW Court System

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The impact of Coronavirus has hit the Australian legal system, with announcements in recent days that new criminal trials in Victoria and the Northern Territory will be delayed until further notice. No new jury trials In New South Wales, all new Supreme and District Court jury trials have been suspended until further notice, although existing… Read more »