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Lawyer Getting Sentence Indications in the Higher Courts Before a Judge

Sentence Indications in the Higher Courts

The article Sentence Indications in the Higher Courts is written by Sophie Parsons and Lachie Davine of Doogue + George Defence Lawyers. Sophie is a Partner, In-House Counsel and Accredited Criminal Law Specialist at Doogue + George. She is experienced...

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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...

Honest and Reasonable Mistake of Belief

Defence of Honest and Reasonable Mistake of Fact: What is it and When Does it Apply?

Defence of Honest and Reasonable Mistake of Fact: What is it and When Does it Apply? When is the defence available? The defence of honest and reasonable mistake of fact is available in strict liability offences. A strict liability offence...

Sentencing Indication

Sentence Indication in the Magistrates’ Court – What are They and How are They Used?

Sentence Indication in the Magistrates’ Court – What are They and How are They Used? A person accused of a criminal offence heard in the Magistrates’ Court can apply for a ‘sentence indication’ under the Criminal Procedure Act. A sentence...

Man Making a Threat to Kill Via Email

Making a Threat to Kill

Making a Threat to Kill It can come as a shock to learn that words you communicate in person, via text or online can constitute an indictable offence worthy of a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. This charge...

Consent in Sex Matters

Consent in Sex Matters What is consent in a Sexual Assault case? The definition is surprisingly complex. If a person charged with sexual assault of an adult held a reasonable belief that the person who alleged they had been sexually...

Criminal Defences Book

The Difference Between Proving Someone is Innocent and Being Found Guilty ‘Beyond Reasonable Doubt’

The Difference Between Proving Someone is Innocent and Being Found Guilty ‘Beyond Reasonable Doubt’ There is a significant difference between proving someone is innocent and being found not guilty because the prosecution have not been able to prove its case...

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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...