Human Rights

Beyond Reasonable Doubt (Criminal) vs. Balance of Probabilities (Civil)

Beyond Reasonable Doubt (Criminal) vs. Balance of Probabilities (Civil) When a person is charged with a criminal offence, they are only guilty if the prosecution can prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubt. This is known as the “criminal standard of...

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Criminalising Conversion Therapy in Victoria

Criminalising Conversion Therapy in Victoria On 17 February 2022, the Victorian Government enacted the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Act 2021 (‘the Act’), legislatively denouncing change and suppression practices as bigoted, deceptive, and seriously harmful. The Act puts in...

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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,...

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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...

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Gender in the Justice System

Gender in the Justice System Dear reader, I would like to invite you to participate in a thought experiment. It is my guess that if you are reading this post, you are most likely a man or a woman. Please...