Court

Mandatory Counselling for Family Violence

Mandatory Counselling for Family Violence Respondents – A Specialist Court Intervention

Mandatory Counselling for Family Violence Respondents – A Specialist Court Intervention In a specialist family violence court, even where you agree to final order without admissions, the Magistrate must make an order requiring a counselling assessment. This is an issue...

Protest

Assault and Affray

Assault and Affray No doubt you would have seen in the news recently that people protesting against COVID-19-related restrictions have been charged with several different types of assault. You might be wondering why this is and more importantly, does this...

Melbourne Magistrates' Court

What is a Contest Mention?

What is a Contest Mention? You may have heard your lawyer refer to your matter ‘proceeding to contest mention hearing’. A ‘summary contest’ is what we call a ‘trial’ in the Magistrates’ Court. The summary contest is heard by a...

Justice Scale

Committal Mention Hearings

Committal Mention Hearings A committal mention hearing is one of the first hearings you will need to attend if you have been charged with an indictable offence and there is a potential for your case to go to a jury...

Man Making a Threat to Kill Via Email

Making a Threat to Kill

Making a Threat to Kill It can come as a shock to learn that words you communicate in person, via text or online can constitute an indictable offence worthy of a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. This charge...