COVID-19-Law

Novak Djokovic

It’s Not About Novak, It’s About Us

It’s Not About Novak, It’s About Us “He’s not some sort of criminal.” “They’re treating him like a terrorist.” These are some expressions uttered at the Australian Government’s treatment of Novak Djokovic. As a criminal defence lawyer, these comments ring...

Specialist Defence Lawyers

Developments in Victorian Criminal Law Due to COVID-19 – Judge Alone Trials

Developments in Victorian Criminal Law Due to COVID-19 – Judge Alone Trials The COVID-19 pandemic has forced an already overburdened Victorian criminal justice system to delay hearings to accommodate public health imperatives. Perhaps the most noteworthy example of this was...

Police Station

Necessity is the Mother of Invention – Rethinking Bail Reporting Conditions in the Age of COVID-19

Necessity is the Mother of Invention – Rethinking Bail Reporting Conditions in the Age of COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically affected the day-to-day operation of the justice system. A recent example of this is Victoria Police’s decision to suspend...

Prison

The Prison Experience for Clients and Their Families During COVID-19

The Prison Experience for Clients and Their Families During COVID-19 COVID-19 represents an unprecedented global phenomenon that is having an extensive impact on society at large. In Victoria, we feel constrained by governmental restrictions mandating that we remain at home...

Prison

Emergency Management Days for Victorian Prisoners During COVID-19

Emergency Management Days for Victorian Prisoners During COVID-19 The era of COVID-19 is a particularly difficult time for people in custody in Victorian prisons. Additional restrictions currently in place for adult prisoners include: When first remanded, all prisoners must spend...

Victoria Parliament legislation

The Rights of People Accused of a Crime are Especially Important in a Time of Crisis

Several temporary legislative measures responding to the coronavirus pandemic will be included in the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Bill 2020 (Vic) which will be introduced into Parliament on Thursday 23rd April 2020. Sam Cooper delves into what these changes mean to the rights of people in the criminal justice system.