NSW Courts Articles

The Offence of Contempt of Court in New South Wales

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Kangaroo Court of Australia blogger Shane Dowling was sentenced to a term of imprisonment after being found guilty of the common law offence of contempt of court. The serial contempt offender was given ten months inside to act as a deterrence to him and other would-be contemners. NSW Supreme… Read more »

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The NSW Public Health Orders Governing COVID-19 Restrictions

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Originally issued on 10 June, Public Health (COVID-19 Self-Isolation) Order (No 2) 2021 was amended by NSW health minister Brad Hazzard on 21 August, so that it now contains section 6A, which involves responding to police requests about who is in a “COVID-19 risk premises”. Containing three subsections, section… Read more »

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What Is the Implied Right to Freedom of Political Communication in Australia?

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The issue of rights has been front and centre over the last few months, as the outbreak of the COVID-19 Delta variant has resulted in state governments ordering populations into lockdown to prevent its spread, which some citizens assert is an infringement upon their basic freedoms. Yet, rights guarantees… Read more »

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The NSW Laws Relating to Unlawful Assemblies

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The huge Sydney anti-lockdown rally on 24 July was classed as an unlawful assembly. The NSW Police Force had rejected an application to hold the march, which contravened stay-at-home orders designed to stop the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant. At the time of the demonstration, Public Health (COVID-19 Additional… Read more »

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High Court Rules Lockdown Restrictions Are Constitutional

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The highest court in the land ruled that lockdown restrictions do not contravene the Australian constitution. Then Victorian health minister Jenny Mikakos declared a state of emergency on 16 March 2020, in relation to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. This measure works to invoke emergency powers to be… Read more »

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As the Legal Sector Swells, Women Now Make Up the Majority of Australian Solicitors

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Not only have the numbers working within the Australian legal profession continued to increase over the last decade to the point that they’ve reached an all-time high, but the sector – once the domain of men – now has a majority of women working within its ranks. Released on… Read more »

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Prosecution Must Exclude Any Reasonable Hypothesis Consistent with Innocence in Circumstantial Cases

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Just after 9 pm on 30 December 2016, some teenagers appeared on the balcony of a Pennant Hills unit occupied by Simon Krisenthal and Mark Wordsworth. The teens entered via a staircase leading up from a back street, Pennicook Lane, to the second floor apartment that sits above a… Read more »

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Arrested for Political Satire: The Contentious Charging of the Friendlyjordies Producer

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The arrest of YouTube channel Friendlyjordies producer Kristo Langker has raised widespread condemnation for what many are asserting was a politically motivated act of police overreach on the part of plainclothes officers. Three detectives from the NSW Police Fixated Persons Investigations Unit showed up at Langker’s front door to… Read more »

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Federal Court Labels Illegal Robodebt Extortion Scheme a “Massive… Stuff-Up”

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim In his 11 June ruling on the class action taken against the Coalition government’s Centrelink robodebt scheme, Federal Court Justice Bernard Murphy said that rather than “a conspiracy”, he found the unlawful automated debt collection initiative to be “a stuff-up”, albeit “a massive one”. Initiated by then social services… Read more »

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