Criminal Law

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying – What is the Crime?

Cyberbullying – What is the Crime? If you are an internet user, then you will have likely come across cyberbullying in one way or another. Cyberbullying typically manifests in harassing behaviour, such as sending a person offensive or threatening messages,...

Police Station

Can Lawyers Attend Police Interviews?

Can Lawyers Attend Police Interviews? The issue of whether criminal lawyers can attend a Police Interview has a couple of very simple answers: “yes they can” and “yes we do”. I was contacted recently by a man who was struggling because...

Incident That May Validate the Criminal Defence of Self Defence

Defence Series – Self Defence

Defence Series – Self Defence Fights and conflict are often complicated. There may be an argument where both sides get physical with one another. While one person may be left with more serious injuries, this does not necessarily mean that...

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...

Gavel

Criminal Records and Spent Convictions

This article was first published on 26 October 2022. The enactment of the Spent Convictions Act 2021 (Vic) means that certain findings of guilt may now become spent. Please read our articles about spent convictions to read more about the...

Workers Talking About Wage Theft

Wage Theft

Wage Theft As of 1 July 2021, it is a criminal offence in Victoria to engage in wage theft offences. The wage theft provisions were introduced to support employee entitlements and capture the conduct of employers who are not adequately...

Publications

Changes to the Judicial Proceedings Reports Act 2021

Changes to the Judicial Proceedings Reports Act 2021 Information that could identify a victim of a sexual offence is considered restricted information under Victorian law. The rationale for this has been to protect privacy and anonymity of victim-survivors and ensure...