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Sentencing Book

Standard Sentences: What They Mean and How They are Applied

Standard Sentences: What They Mean and How They are Applied The Standard Sentence Scheme was introduced in Victoria by the Sentencing Amendment (Sentencing Standards) Act 2017 (Vic) in February 2018. This amendment essentially abolished the former Sentencing Amendment (Baseline Sentences)...

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...

Consent in Sex Matters

Consent in Sex Matters What is consent in a Sexual Assault case? The definition is surprisingly complex. If a person charged with sexual assault of an adult held a reasonable belief that the person who alleged they had been sexually...

Is your Bong Legal?

Is your bong legal?

Is your bong legal? Cannabis law reform is occurring throughout the country, with home-grown legalisation in the Australian Capital Territory and decriminalisation of cannabis in various States and Territories. However, the legal status of cannabis-related products such as ‘bongs’ or...

Prison

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...