NSW Courts Articles

Metadata legislation could be used to catch illegal downloaders

ASIO director-general, Duncan Lewis has stated that all major terrorism plots that have been avoided in the last four years were averted due to accessing metadata. He says that this included the alleged plan to snatch a random person from the streets in Sydney and publicly behead them on film. Counter-terrorism and child abuse were… Read more »

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Can a Victim Impact Statement Affect the Outcome of my Case in Court?

Victims in criminal cases, or their family members, often want their voices to be heard in the courtroom – to let the defendant, the court and the community know about the impact of the offending conduct. In some circumstances, they will be given an opportunity to do so during sentencing proceedings through what’s known as… Read more »

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Man Faces Courts for Faking his CV

When applying for a job, you might feel the temptation to ‘embellish’ your CV a little, in order to make your accomplishments and work history look a bit more impressive. While we all know that dishonesty is wrong and could be risky if you got found out, you may have never thought that it could… Read more »

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Newcastle Court House Hears Racially Motivated Attack

Alleged terrorist plots in Australia have resulted in a backlash against the Muslim community. This backlash has bolstered calls to bring-in the government’s proposed ‘anti-terrorism laws’ and to ‘ban the burqa’. Earlier this month, two women wearing hijabs – a mother and daughter – were stuck in traffic at around 7pm when a 27 year… Read more »

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A Family whose House was the Subject of an Anti-Terror Raid Search Plan to Sue Police

During the recent ‘anti-terror raids’, one Western Sydney family awoke at 4.30am to the sound of their door being smashed down and several state and federal police in balaclavas swarming their house. None of the family members were charged with any crimes in the aftermath of the raids that ransacked 16 homes, yet led to… Read more »

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How much do judges and magistrates get paid? Is their pay justified?

Some may feel resentful that we have unelected official who appeared to be generously paid and difficult to remove, but there are good reasons why the salaries of judges and magistrates are higher than those of many other public sector employees. Newspapers and other media outlets often criticise judicial decisions, especially if they feel that… Read more »

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How Long can I be Kept in Police Custody?

Police are not allowed to keep you under arrest without charge indefinitely. Unless you are suspected of terrorism, they can only keep you under arrest for six hours before they either charge you with an offence or release you from custody, unless an extension is granted by a detention warrant. A detention warrant can extend… Read more »

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