Criminal justice

Victoria Police

Defund the Police

Defund the Police In 2017-18, in a knee-jerk reaction to an exceptional event, the Victorian Government overhauled the Bail Act. It was acknowledged at the time that the bail laws were already the most restrictive in Victoria, and the purpose...

Travelling Man Holding Passport With Visa

Criminal Justice Visas

Written by Kate Da Costa, Senior Associate, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers If you are in Australia on a temporary visa, such as a holiday, study or work visa, and you are suspected of having committed a criminal offence or...

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Mandatory Child Sex Offence Laws

Written by Sophie Parsons, Senior Associate, In-House Counsel, Accredited Criminal Law Specialist, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers The Federal parliament has introduced legislation addressing child sexual offending known as the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection...

Building and People

Bourke St, bail and blame

Written by Bill Doogue. Partner, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers. 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...

Weekend court – Addressing the serious issues

Written by Andrew George. Partner, Doogue + George Criminal Defence Lawyers. Victoria’s criminal justice system has just experienced the first weekend of the pilot “Weekend Court”. Many of our readers would be aware that the Melbourne Magistrates Court is now sitting on a...

striking the balance

Striking the balance. Justice, rights and community safety forum

Written by Andrew George. Partner, Doogue + George Criminal Defence Lawyers. What do a former politician, a Dean of the Law School, and the Police Commissioner have in common with Australia’s best known victim’s advocate? Well apart from forming the panel at the...

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What is the point of the Sex Offender Registry?

Written by Bill Doogue. Partner, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers Last week I attended a plea for a client who was charged with failing to notify the Sex Offender Registry that he had changed work places. Now, let’s rewind the...