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COVID-19 and the courts: How are courts responding to COVID-19 in their decisions?

Written by Tyson Manicolo, Associate, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers The outbreak of COVID-19 (‘coronavirus’) has radically changed our lifestyle in a way that we could never have predicted. It has indiscriminately stunned every aspect of our lives. The drastic...

Hostile activities – Part 2

Written by Isabelle Skaburskis, Lawyer, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers I recently published a post that was critical of the Court of Appeal’s 2018 decision in the case of Dacre & Ors v R.1 That judgment established a problematic construction...

Hostile activities – Part 1

Written by Isabelle Skaburskis, Lawyer, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers 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...

Eroding judicial independence

Written by Tyson Manicolo, Lawyer, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers The Constitution of Australia establishes three arms of Federal and State government: The Executive, The Legislature, and The Judiciary. The three arms of government create a system of checks and...

Suppression orders

Written by Sophie Parsons, Lawyer & In-House Counsel, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers Not many could have missed the media coverage of Cardinal George Pell’s sentencing hearing this week. It was a climactic scene that followed a lengthy and emotional...