Maintaining Working With Children’s Check Pending Outcome of Criminal Charges
A man who was in the same bar walked up to our client’s girlfriend and started to speak to her rudely and in a sexual manner. He grabbed at her. She threw the contents of her drink at him and he then grabbed a candle and threw the candle at her.
Our client saw the end of the altercation and saw the man’s attempt to follow the girlfriend towards the door. Our client jumped over a balustrade and punched the man once in the face with a closed fist. Security then came and grabbed the man and walked him out of the venue. Our client and his girlfriend waited, were spoken to by the police, interviewed, and then were both charged with injury offences.
As a result of being charged, our client received a negative notice in relation to his Working With Children’s Check. He worked as a tradesman but was required to attend school premises to do repair work. He would have lost his employment if he could not maintain his Working with Children’s Check pending outcome of the criminal charges against him.
Dee Giannopoulos acted on the client’s behalf at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. The exact charges were:
The client instructed us to prepare a submission on his behalf to the department to try to maintain his Working with Children’s Check (WWCC) for him pending the outcome of the criminal charges. Although in some cases the department is asked to hold off on making a decision about a person’s WWCC until the criminal case has been finalised, in this case our client needed the check to be able to keep working to support his family and to fund his defence.
We advised our client to obtain character references and prepared a guide for him of what types of matters should be included in each reference. We sought instructions from him about his personal and professional life to ascertain who would best be able to speak to his good character and address the specific issues that the WWCC Department would be concerned about when assessing whether to let him maintain his check.
The client followed our advice and provided us with references. We then conferenced with him at length about his employment history and what the check is relevant to in his day-to-day dealings as a tradesman. This resulted in a 4-page submission being prepared by his solicitor and submitted to the department. The department was urged to allow him to maintain his check whilst the charges proceeded before the court.
Note: The criminal charges proceeded to contested hearing and we successfully defended all charges. He was found not guilty by the magistrate and the prosecution was ordered to pay full legal costs.
- The complainant suffered an “injury”.
- The accused caused the complainant’s injury.
- The accused was reckless about causing the injury.
- The accused acted without lawful justification or excuse.
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