Criminal justice

Children Walking Towards Prison as One of the Factors That Prompted New Bail Legislation

Understanding the New Victorian Bail Legislation: Children

The article Understanding the New Victorian Bail Legislation: Children is written by Una Ebsworth and Cassandra Knight-Grull of Doogue + George Defence Lawyers. Una has been an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist since 2014 and is a Partner at Doogue +...

Commission Hearing

Unveiling the National Anti-Corruption Commission – Power, Privilege and Public Scrutiny

Unveiling the National Anti-Corruption Commission – Power, Privilege and Public Scrutiny The National Anti-Corruption Commission commenced operation on 1 July of this year, opening its doors to referrals relating to serious or systemic corrupt conduct in the Commonwealth Public Sector....

Man Getting a Deferral of Sentence

Deferral of Sentence

Deferral of Sentence There are many sentencing options available to a Judge or Magistrate when a person pleads guilty to criminal offences in Court. The sentencing process itself involves the consideration and weighing of many factors,1 and often competing principles...

Youth Offender

Youth Offenders – Considering Children in Crime

Youth Offenders – Considering Children in Crime Youth crime has been a media talking point going back decades in Australia. Nowadays, it is exhaustively trumpeted from all sides of politics. In the first months of 2023 and within weeks of...

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...

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,...

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...

Victoria Police

Defund the Police

Defund the Police In 2017-18, in a knee-jerk reaction to an exceptional event, the Victorian Government overhauled the Bail Act. It was acknowledged at the time that the bail laws were already the most restrictive in Victoria, and the purpose...