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What Is Juror Misconduct, And How Does It Impact A Fair Trial?
A recent high profile case where juror misconduct occurred, highlighted the importance of an impartial jury in criminal trials.
The Offence Of Persistent Sexual Conduct With A Child
Ms Tame was groomed when she was 15 and then repeatedly sexually abused by her 58-year-old teacher, Nicholas Bester, who was charged and convicted of the offence of "maintaining a sexual relationship with someone under the age of 17". Tame was named Tasmanian Australian of the Year 2021 in recognition of her efforts in pushing for legal reform and raising public…
The Offence of Possessing Child Exploitation Material in WA
Western Australian Police working with the Australian Federal Police have been conducting one of the state’s biggest investigations into child exploitation. In the past few weeks, police have executed more than 60 search warrants and 45 people have been charged with a total of 149 offences against children.
Recent Change to Criminal Appeal Laws
Western Australians who have been convicted of serious crimes will be able to pursue more direct avenues for appeal, with a change to state laws passed recently. New legislation allows individuals to make a second or subsequent challenge to their conviction if new, compelling evidence emerges.
Misconduct in a Public Office
At the centre of the news this week a senior police officer was reportedly stood down amid misconduct allegations being investigated by the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC). The CCC has not named the officer involved but the media have understood it to be a prominent WA detective.
Prohibited & Controlled Weapons - What's The Difference?
An adult entertainer was recently arrested in Perth after frightening locals dressed in military-style clothing and a vest with “SWAT” embossed on the back, while brandishing what looked like an AR-15 assault rifle. The man has been charged with possessing a prohibited weapon and being armed in a way that may cause fear.
The Difficulties Associated With The Incarceration Of Children
Australia’s harsh juvenile detention regime was in the spotlight again last week, with a report from the Banksia Hill juvenile facility in Perth, showing that about 100 of the cells were damaged so badly, they cannot be used.
Proposed law reforms to the operation of the Bail Act 1982 WA
A proposed law reform to be introduced into parliament this week is a reform to WA’s legislation relating to bail. The proposed reforms focus on laws relating to bail applications made on behalf of those accused of child sexual offences.
Affirmative Sexual Consent Laws Now In Effect In NSW
Affirmative sexual consent laws are now in effect in NSW – what does that mean? And how is it different to the law of consent in Western Australia?
Extension of the Emergency Powers under the Management Act - What are the Pros and Cons?
The State Government has been criticised for its recent move to extend emergency powers across Western Australia. Find out what it means and how it will affect you.
Sentencing Dispositions that involve community-based intervention in Western Australia
Penalties that involve community-based intervention will be imposed if the court determines that the offender has good prospects for rehabilitation and would benefit from the program and supervision requirements that are imposed as part of the court order.
Would Will Smith Face Criminal Charges In Australia?
Last week at the Hollywood Oscar’s ceremony, Will Smith slapped comedian and master of ceremonies, Chris Rock. If this happened in Australia, would Will Smith have faced criminal charges for common assault?
Jarryd Hayne's Successful Appeal Against Conviction
Former NRL Superstar Jarryd Hayne has been released on bail after having his convictions for sexual assault set aside.
Recent Case Highlights the Potential Dangers of Dating Online
A Perth man has been charged for allegedly drugging & sexually assaulting two women that he allegedly met on an online dating site.