NSW Courts Articles

I have Received a Court Attendance Notice for a NSW Local Court: What Now?

If you have received a court attendance notice for a NSW local court, it will look something like this. Your court attendance notice will state the details of where and when your case will be heard, along with your details, offence and the details of the prosecutor. If this is your first time going to… Read more »

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Case in Goulburn Local Court Casts Spotlight on Bikie Violence

Incongruous as it may sound, according to the Australian Crime Commission, bikie gangs are even hiring public relations professionals to work on their image. But perhaps they need a bit of a makeover, because their image at the moment is not exactly a favourable one. Bikie gangs and the violence that has notoriously erupted several… Read more »

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‘Operation Unification’ in Campbelltown Court House

Gun laws are a controversial topic – while some advocate freer access to guns, others want even stricter regulations imposed. This month, ‘Unification Operation’ has been in full swing – a project run by the NSW police which aims to get illegal firearms off the streets. Similar campaigns are being run in other states Australia-wide…. Read more »

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Attempts to Bribe Police Heard in Balmain Local Court

Putin once even joked that the bribery system in some parts of Russia is so well known that they were even adjusted for inflation. In NSW, and the rest of Australia, any kind of bribery involving a person holding public office is a crime. The common law definition of bribery is receiving or offering an… Read more »

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Is Police Evidence Unreliable?

In the 1980s, the practice of ‘verballing’ amongst police was rife and contributed towards wrongful convictions. ‘Verballing’ was a term used to describe a process where police officers either orally or in writing, would fabricate the confessions of suspects. These fake admissions were portrayed as convincing evidence in court, often very successfully. Now, with police… Read more »

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Is There an Increase in Drug Charges Being Heard in Bega Local Court?

While Bega may be well known for its cheese, the Bega Local Court and District Court are also becoming increasingly familiar with drug offenders. The cheese may have put Bega on the map, but other, less legal farm produce has recently made Bega come under the police radar. A string of cases earlier this year… Read more »

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Drink Driving in Fairfield Local Court

A man found to be over the limit when breath tested by police had crashed his car through a fence, landing right near railway tracks. A crane was needed to remove the vehicle after it had been totalled. Fortunately the driver managed to escape serious injury, although as he exited his vehicle, he did stumble… Read more »

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Is Theft on the Rise: How Much Do You Know About the Kind of Theft That Comes Before the NSW District Courts?

If you think of theft you might think of home invasions, bag snatchers or perhaps dramatic hold-ups. In fact both robbery and theft have been declining dramatically from what they were just fourteen years ago at the turn of the century. It is crimes like shoplifting and fraud that are on the rise. So, you… Read more »

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