What Are My Legal Rights When Questioned by Police in NSW

Surprisingly, many people do not know what their legal rights are if they are questioned by a police officer. It is important for everybody to understand these rights, particularly teenage children, young adults or those who may be vulnerable. The way a person reacts to police questioning can have a significant impact on how the […]

Beyond Reasonable Doubt – Proving the Elements of a Criminal Offence

A criminal prosecution must prove their case to a high degree of certainty, so that there is no reasonable doubt in the mind of the jury as to the guilt of the accused. This serves as a safeguard against wrongful convictions and ensures that the burden of proof remains on the prosecution throughout a criminal […]

Facing Criminal Charges? What To Expect When Attending Court

Attending court for criminal charges can be a daunting experience. However, understanding what to expect can make the experience less difficult and intimidating. Types of Courts in Australia If you are facing criminal charges, you will receive a Court Attendance Notice or other paperwork that informs you of the charges and the date and time […]

What you need to know about AVOs

An Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) is an order made by a court against somebody in circumstances where a person in need of protection can show that he or she has reasonable grounds to fear that somebody may engage in personal violence or intimidating or stalking behaviour against that person. The ‘defendant’ is the person against […]

Coercive Control Offences in New South Wales

Recent research found that 99% of intimate partner homicides in New South Wales that occurred between 2008 and 2016 were preceded by evidence of “coercive control” within the relationship. In 2022, the NSW parliament introduced a bill law to criminalise coercive control in an effort to prevent intimate partner homicide. Enforcement of this law will not […]

Criminal charges and mental health – s14 applications and diversion orders

In NSW, most people over the age of ten are legally responsible for their own actions. If they break the law, they incur criminal liability and may suffer the associated punishment. However, a person suffering from a serious mental illness or cognitive impairment may not be held responsible for their crimes or traffic offences in […]

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