NSW Courts Articles

Witness Immunity in the Gosford District Court

Like father, like son is certainly not something that could be said about the Macris Family in relation to serious drug charges when they appeared in the Gosford District Court earlier this May. In 2011, the son, Alex Macris did something many people would find unimaginable – he used his own father as an unwitting… Read more »

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Contempt of Court in Downing Centre District Court

Contempt of court refers to a particular type of behaviour defined as anything which interferes with or impedes the administration of justice, or undermine the authority, dignity or performance of the court. If you have been following the trial of Hey Dad! actor Robert Hughes, being heard at the Downing Centre District Court, you may… Read more »

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Nursing Home Assault Case Heard in Katoomba Local Court

A 57-year-old former Blue Mountains nursing home worker has been charged with six counts of indecent assault in nursing homes. He was fired after the facility management received complaints from seven elderly women between 2011 and 2014. The Daily Telegraph reported that seven elderly women had complained about the man for offences that allegedly took… Read more »

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Trial By Media: How Does it Affect the Right to a Fair Trial?

In Medieval England, people were subjected to all kinds of trials to prove their innocence – one of these involved being forced to pick a stone up from the bottom of an elbow deep pot of boiling water. Guilt or innocence would be proved depending on whether, after three days, their skin remained burnt and… Read more »

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The New Bail Act is Nearly Here

The new Bail Act, passed last year, will take effect on May 20. It introduces a new way of dealing with bail. The idea is to make bail simpler, while ensuring that the community is protected from people who might pose an “unacceptable risk”, before their cases are held. Under the previous law, there was… Read more »

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The Right to Remain Silent

All Australians used to have the right to remain silent. You might even think we still do. But as of last year, words to the effect of “you have the right to remain silent” now firmly belong in the domain of a standard Hollywood crime thriller. No, it’s not quite that dramatic, and you do… Read more »

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Going to Court? Information on the New South Wales Court System

Local Court Most criminal and civil cases first enter the New South Wales (NSW) court system via the Local Court. The Local Court is presided over by magistrates who hear and decide cases. The Local Court has criminal and civil jurisdictions. It deals with: ‘Summary cases’ – which are criminal cases that have a maximum… Read more »

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