Legal Research News

Miscarriages of Justice in Australia: A Brief Overview

Wednesday 26 April 2017 @ 1.33 p.m. | Crime | Legal Research

In every country there is some sort of miscarriage of justice that may be carried out in the criminal justice system. The amount of miscarriages of justice carried out in each country depends on many factors, including but not limited to:

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New Appointments for April 2017: ICAC, QCA and NT EPA

Monday 24 April 2017 @ 12.14 p.m. | Judiciary, Legal Profession & Procedure | Legal Research

April 2017 has been a busy month across Australia for appointments with a new ICAC Chief Commissioner, new President of the Queensland Court of Appeal and new NT EPA Board member announced.

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Twice-Rejected Online Child Protection Legislation ‘Carly’s Law’ Reintroduced

Friday 21 April 2017 @ 11.05 a.m. | Crime | Legal Research

On 2 March 2017, Minister for Justice Michael Keenan introduced the Criminal Code Amendment (Protecting Minors Online) Bill 2017 (CTH). The object of the Bill is to protect children under the age of 16 from harm, sexual activity or contact by a person above the age of 18. This includes misrepresentation of one’s age online as part of a plan to cause harm to anyone less than 16 years of age. The changes have been welcomed as a timely response to the changing nature of online activity by teenagers.

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ACCC Launches Investigation into Lack of Transparency in Australia’s Gas Markets

Friday 21 April 2017 @ 8.38 a.m. | Legal Research | Trade & Commerce

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will use its inquiry powers, including its ability to compulsorily acquire information, to increase transparency and address opaqueness in the gas market.

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Aggravating and Mitigating Factors in NSW Criminal Sentencing Procedure

Thursday 20 April 2017 @ 2.38 p.m. | Crime | Legal Research

The Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (NSW) (the Act), section 21A, lists out the aggravating and mitigating factors that a judge or magistrate could take into account before delivering their final judgment to the defendant in NSW criminal cases.

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