Court

Media Attention on a Criminal Case With No Suppression Orders

Open Justice is Not Absolute – Media Reporting of Criminal Cases: Anonymity, Pseudonyms and Suppression Orders

Open Justice is Not Absolute – Media Reporting of Criminal Cases: Anonymity, Pseudonyms and Suppression Orders For many people charged with a criminal offence, one of their biggest concerns is media attention. Criminal cases are widely reported on many media...

ADLA Discussion on Early Stage Resolution

ADLA Conference 2023 – Early Stage Resolution Panel Discussion

ADLA Conference 2023 – Early Stage Resolution Panel Discussion Often, people don’t approach a defence lawyer until they have been charged with an offence and have a court date approaching – but there are many steps that can be taken...

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...

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...

Police

Police Applications – Family Violence Safety Notices and Interim Intervention Orders

Police Applications – Family Violence Safety Notices and Interim Intervention Orders We often deal with clients that have, within a very short period of time, been excluded from their former matrimonial home, without the ability to contact their children. It...

Mandatory Counselling for Family Violence

Mandatory Counselling for Family Violence Respondents – A Specialist Court Intervention

Mandatory Counselling for Family Violence Respondents – A Specialist Court Intervention In a specialist family violence court, even where you agree to final order without admissions, the Magistrate must make an order requiring a counselling assessment. This is an issue...

Protest

Assault and Affray

Assault and Affray No doubt you would have seen in the news recently that people protesting against COVID-19-related restrictions have been charged with several different types of assault. You might be wondering why this is and more importantly, does this...