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NT Introduces Bill To Reform Sexual Assault Speech Laws

Friday 6 December 2019 @ 8.56 a.m. | Crime | Judiciary, Legal Profession & Procedure | Legal Research

On 28 November 2019, the Sexual Offences (Evidence and Procedure) Amendment Bill 2019 (NT) (the “Bill”) was introduced to NT’s Legislative Assembly (the “Assembly”) by the Hon Nicole Manison. The Bill was immediately referred to the Legislation Scrutiny Committee for report by 24 March 2020. The Bill proposes amendments to:

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WA Introduces New Laws to Tackle Family and Domestic Violence

Thursday 5 December 2019 @ 1.30 p.m. | Crime | Judiciary, Legal Profession & Procedure | Legal Research

The Family Violence Legislation Reform Bill 2019 (WA) (the Bill) was introduced into the WA Parliament on Wednesday 27 November 2019 by Mr JR Quigley (the Attorney-General). In a Media Release, the Government has indicated that the reforms proposed by the Bill represent the “most comprehensive family violence law reform package ever seen in Western Australia” and “address a number of election commitments around family violence.” 

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WA Bill to Repeal Laws on Imprisonment for Unpaid Fines

Friday 29 November 2019 @ 11.25 a.m. | Crime | Judiciary, Legal Profession & Procedure | Legal Research

The Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Amendment Bill 2019 (the Bill) was introduced in the WA Parliament on 26 September 2019, by WA Attorney-General, Mr JR Quigley, (the Attorney-General). In his media release of 25 September 2019, the Attorney-General said that the Bill would introduce a package of “amendments to existing legislation [that] will significantly change the way fines are enforced and recovered in WA”; as well as including proposed reforms that aim to “address over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the justice system and have a positive impact on the regions”.

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SA Legal Practitioners: Foreign Lawyers and Trustee Companies Amendments

The Legal Practitioners (Foreign Lawyers) Amendment Bill 2019 (SA) (the Bill) was introduced into the South Australian Assembly on 14 November 2019 by the Attorney-General, VA Chapman. The Bill proposes to amend the Legal Practitioners Act 1981 (the LPA) by inserting provisions regulating the practice of foreign law by foreign lawyers in SA and providing for their local registration and regulation. It also makes changes relating to trustee companies coming within the definition of “incorporated legal practice” used in the LPA.

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Verdict Unreasonable Not Supported by Evidence: Fennell v The Queen

Wednesday 20 November 2019 @ 9.57 a.m. | Crime | Judiciary, Legal Profession & Procedure | Legal Research

In Fennell v The Queen [2019] HCA 37 (reasons published 6 November 2019) the High Court of Australia has explained its unanimous decision to allow the appeal of  the accused (the appellant) from the decision of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Queensland in R v Fennell [2017] QCA 154 (21 July 2017). Previously on 11 September 2019, the High Court had quashed the appellant's conviction for murder and ordered that a verdict of acquittal be entered.

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