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Covid-19: District and Supreme Courts trial to resume
In March 2020 jury trials in criminal proceedings were suspended as a precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It has now been announced trials will recommence 20 July 2020.
Criminal Code Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 Explained
Offenders who know that they have COVID-19, or make a statement or do any other act to create a belief, suspicion or fear that they have COVID-19 as part of their offending will face the increased penalties outlined in this article.
COVID-19: Government Directions, Police Powers & Criminal Court Matters
We explain how the police will have the power to enforce the new government directions and what exactly happens if you ignore them.
COVID-19— The Law Offices of Andrew Williams are Open
We are taking a number of measures to ensure that we remain open, willing, and able to assist anyone in need of legal advice.
Legalisation Of Cannabis In The ACT
The ACT has become the first Australian jurisdiction to legalise personal use and cultivation of cannabis. The laws, recently passed in the ACT Legislative Assembly, will allow people in the ACT over the age of 18 years to possess 50 grams of cannabis and grow up to two plants.
WA's Drug Crisis: Tough Sentencing Laws Not Working
The extent of WA’s drug crisis is most evident in our criminal justice system with a staggering increase in drug related offences in recent years. If someone you know is facing criminal charges involving prohibited drugs contact the Law Office of Andrew Williams for advice and representation.
Criminal Offences Relating to Communication Technology
Cyber crime has been operating on a significant scale and has become an increasingly important issue for the global community. If you are being investigated, it’s in your best interests to attain prompt legal advice from an experienced criminal lawyer.
Mandatory Sentencing Laws In Western Australia
Parliaments across Australia continue to introduce new mandatory sentencing laws. Find out what mandatory sentencing is, which offences now carry a mandatory sentence in Western Australia and some of the problems surrounding mandatory sentencing laws.
To Plead Guilty Or Not Guilty: Things You Should Know
If you are charged with a criminal offence the most important issue that you will discuss with your lawyer is whether you will plead guilty or not guilty to the charge. Your lawyer can request the evidence from the police and ultimately make an assessment about the strength of the prosecution case against you.
Criminal Trials Before A Judge Alone: Is It Possible?
Most criminal trials in the District Court or Supreme Court involve a jury. However, there are circumstances where it is possible to have a trial conducted before a judge alone. In these cases the judge decides whether the accused is guilty or not guilty.