Criminal Justice

Jurors on a Trial By Jury

Trial By Media or Trial By Jury?

Trial By Media or Trial By Jury? The merit in retaining Judge alone trials in Victoria The discharge of a jury in a recent high profile rape trial in the Supreme Court of the ACT has served to highlight the...

Man Facing Family Hardship to Go Through Sentencing

Family Hardship and Sentencing in Victoria

Family Hardship and Sentencing in Victoria When a person is sentenced to a term of immediate imprisonment, the impact on their family – children, parents, siblings – is profound. While the courts can give weight to the hardship a person’s...

Justice Scale

Chris Dawson – The Teacher’s Verdict

Chris Dawson – The Teacher’s Verdict The handing down of Justice Harrison’s verdict in the murder trial of Chris Dawson has gripped the nation. While most of us probably did not watch the entire judgment, handed down orally by his...

Affirmative Consent

Affirmative Consent In late 2021, when it seemed like questions of consent were everywhere – consent to vaccines, to mask-wearing, to QR codes – a series of consent law reforms were being discussed in government. The Victorian Law Reform Commission...

Person With Cognitive Impairment Going Through a Police Interview

Know Your Rights: Police Interviews for People with Cognitive Impairments

Know Your Rights: Police Interviews for People with Cognitive Impairments People with cognitive impairments are vastly overrepresented in the criminal justice system. Protective measures put in place on initial contact with police ensure that a vulnerable person’s rights are protected,...

Statutory Time Limit

Charges That are Statute Barred

Charges That are Statute Barred An important deadline for police to meet, and for people charged to look out for, is the date charges must be laid by. If police miss the deadline, the accused person has the defence that...

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...

Pregnancy, Children, and Prisons

Pregnancy, Children, and Prisons Pregnant women and mothers of infant children who are being sentenced for criminal offences pose a particularly challenging and emotive set of factual circumstances. There are any number of reasons why women may be sentenced for...