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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 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...

"Tough on crime" is failing

Written by Andrew George. Director, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers. This afternoon I read a typically reflective and well argued opinion piece by Peter Nordon (Adjunct professor RMIT). He reflected on his experience in the Victorian criminal justice system for over 40...