criminal law

Affirmative Consent

Affirmative Consent In late 2021, when it seemed like questions of consent were everywhere – consent to vaccines, to mask-wearing, to QR codes – a series of consent law reforms were being discussed in government. The Victorian Law Reform Commission...

CT Scan of Someone With Mental Impairment

Defence of Mental Impairment

Defence of Mental Impairment In Victorian criminal law, there is a defence of mental impairment. This defence can be raised by people who have been charged with criminal wrongdoing. If it is found that an accused person was mentally impaired...

Australian Passport

‘So Your Client is Being Deported?’ (ADLA Seminar) – Presented by Tom Foran, Immigration Lawyer

‘So Your Client is Being Deported?’ (ADLA Seminar) – Presented by Tom Foran, Immigration Lawyer Each year, lawyers from across Australia come together for the Australian Defence Lawyers Alliance (ADLA) conference to share resources and knowledge specific to the practice...

Family Violence Evidence

Evidence in Family Violence Intervention Orders

Evidence in Family Violence Intervention Orders In criminal law proceedings, complex rules of evidence can be the cause of lengthy legal argument. In contrast, in contested Family Violence Intervention Order Applications, Section 65 of the Family Violence Protect Act (‘the...

Boat

Hostile activities – Part 1

Hostile activities – Part 1 Criminal law gives the government power to take away people’s liberty. It is also meant to curb and constrain this power. The power to detain in a liberal society is only just when that power...

Building and People

Bourke St, bail and blame

Bourke St, bail and blame Last Friday, a terrible incident occurred in our city and like everyone else who heard and saw it all unfold, it is hard to be unmoved by the tragic event. As often is the case...

Presentation on Ethics for Criminal Lawyers

Ethics for criminal lawyers

Ethics for criminal lawyers On 18 March 2016 I heard Rob Franklin, Managing Director of Potts Lawyers, give a lecture on ethics as part of the 2016 ADLA conference. In addition to being Managing Director at Potts Lawyers, Rob serves...