Sentencing

Wine

The verdict on jury trials

Written by Annamiek Van Loon, Lawyer, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers Jury trials have been given a significant amount of media attention recently. The High Court’s quashing of George Pell’s conviction has led many to question not just the utility...

Scales of Justice

Headline: No jail for ‘exemplary’ woman who sped through stop sign, killed four. Cue: Public outrage

Written by Amelia Ramsay, Associate, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers Recently, the age published an article bearing the headline, “No jail for ‘exemplary’ woman who sped through stop sign, killed four.” This kind of inflammatory reporting consistently sends people to...

Lady Justice

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...

Boat

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...

Prison

Eroding judicial independence

Eroding judicial independence 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 balances which prevents one arm of government...

Scales of Justice

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...

Syringe and Drugs

The benefit of undergoing drug treatment before pleading guilty

The benefit of undergoing drug treatment before pleading guilty It is widely known that there is an alarming correlation between crime and illicit drug use. Here, I’d like to address the correlation between the probability of a positive sentencing outcome...

No Body No Parole

Dodgy criminal justice policies – No body no parole

Dodgy Criminal Justice Policies Volume 1- No Body No Parole
In this episode of Doogue + George Presents Dodgy Criminal Justice Policies, we look at the flawed, illogical and ill-conceived no body, no parole legislation that the Victorian government proposes to introduce.