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Baird government commits $20m to help alleviate court delay 'crisis'

Baird government commits $20m to help alleviate court delay 'crisis' | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Crime | Scoop.it
The Baird government has responded to mounting criticism of extensive delays in criminal trials reaching the District Court, with a $20 million boost to slash the backlog by 640 cases.
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Interesting article on delays in the court system.

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Child sex offenders in NSW to face life imprisonment

Child sex offenders in NSW to face life imprisonment | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Crime | Scoop.it
Child sex offenders could be jailed for life under new laws to be introduced into New South Wales State Parliament this week.
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Relevant to theme of discretion in sentencing (or limits to it!)

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Woman who suffered years of abuse avoids jail for killing partner

Woman who suffered years of abuse avoids jail for killing partner | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Crime | Scoop.it
Jessica Silva, who stabbed and killed her abusive former partner in Sydney in 2012, is given a two-year suspended sentence.
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R v Silva (2013) is a good example to refer to when discussing the use (and importance of) discretion in sentencing.

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Planned NSW bail changes 'threaten rights'

Planned NSW bail changes 'threaten rights' | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Crime | Scoop.it
LEGAL experts have blasted the NSW government's "knee-jerk" decision to toughen bail laws, saying it violates the basic principle of being presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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Unprecedented drop in young people under justice supervision

Unprecedented drop in young people under justice supervision | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Crime | Scoop.it
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare says there has been an unprecedented drop in the number of young people under youth justice supervision. In its annual Youth Justice in Australia report, the institute has revealed a 14 per cent decline in the number of 10 to 17 year olds on an average day in the justice system. But Indigenous young people continue to be over-represented.
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Young offenders: There’s been a 14 per cent drop 10 to 17 year olds under supervision or in detention, but Indigenous kids are now 17 TIMES more likely than non-Indigenous young people to be under supervision (up from only 15 times more likely…).

Remember that statistics are evidence too!!

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Zoe's Law passes in NSW Parliament lower house

Zoe's Law passes in NSW Parliament lower house | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Crime | Scoop.it
The controversial foetal rights bill known as Zoe's Law has been passed in the lower house of the NSW Parliament despite opposition by some government ministers and MPs.
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The passing of Zoe's law means that if an an unborn child (>20 weeks gestation) dies as a result of injuries to its mother, the individual concerned can be charged with the crime of grievous bodily harm.

Also relates to the TC's - the extent to which the law reflects moral and ethical standards and the role of law reform.

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Thomas Kelly: This was never a case of murder

Thomas Kelly: This was never a case of murder | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Crime | Scoop.it
No sentence can bring Thomas Kelly back. No sentence can be proper “payment” for his life.
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Nicholas Cowdery's article about the sentence imposed on Keiran Loveridge raises some interesting points about the operation of the criminal justice process. It also relates to the theme of 'balancing the rights of victims, offenders and society' as well as the sentencing process.

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Right to silence legislation commenced | HSC Legal Studies: News Watch

Right to silence legislation commenced | HSC Legal Studies: News Watch | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Crime | Scoop.it
This blog will help you find information about recent changes to the law, recent cases, new legislation as well as identify new publications that you will find useful
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Crime - relates to the criminal invetsigation and trial processes.

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'Right to silence' law changed

'Right to silence' law changed | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Crime | Scoop.it
The right to silence will be watered down under changes announced today by the O'Farrell government as part of its response to bikie gang violence.

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ss legal's comment, October 15, 2013 5:06 AM
This has important implications of the rights of the accused in the criminal justice process.
ss legal's comment, October 15, 2013 5:07 AM
It came into effect on September 1, 2013.
gina lockton's curator insight, October 17, 2013 11:17 PM

Crime - Criminal Trial Process

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NSW police murder not intentional: court

NSW police murder not intentional: court | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Crime | Scoop.it
THE killing of Tamworth police officer David Rixon was "spontaneous" and his murderer should not be given life imprisonment, a judge has been told.
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R v Jacobs 2013 (aka the David Rixon case) is an example of the use of mandatory sentencing in NSW. Under the Crimes Amendment (Murder of Police Officers) Act 2011 (NSW), anyone convicted of the murder of a police officer on dut,y is sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.

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Kristi Abrahams jailed for at least 16 years for murder of 6yo daughter Kiesha Weippeart - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Kristi Abrahams jailed for at least 16 years for murder of 6yo daughter Kiesha Weippeart - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Crime | Scoop.it
Kristi Abrahams has been sentenced to up to 22-and-a-half years in prison for the murder of her six-year-old daughter Kiesha three years ago.
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The case of R v Abrahams (2013) is a useful example for the Crime topic.

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SBS Insight - Parole

SBS Insight - Parole | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Crime | Scoop.it
Insight is Australia's leading forum for ideas. Each week Gold Walkley award winning journalist Jenny Brockie hosts a lively debate on a single issue of national importance, bringing together opinion leaders, stakeholders and members of the public.
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"Insight" on SBS aired an excellent episode on 27th August 2013 on the issue of parole - a topic of great interest in NSW and Victoria at present.

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Society must not resort to vigilante justice

Society must not resort to vigilante justice | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Crime | Scoop.it
The judge who sentenced Kristi Anne Abrahams to a minimum 15 years' jail for murdering her daughter Kiesha says ''retribution and mercy are important in equal measure''. Many Australians disagree.
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Raises some good points about the purposes of punishment and the need for the sentening process to balance the rights of victims, offenders and society. 

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Overflowing prisons are seeing people locked for days in harsh, threatening temporary cells

Overflowing prisons are seeing people locked for days in harsh, threatening temporary cells | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Crime | Scoop.it
The NSW Law Society warns people are being held for days in correctional centres which are designed to temporarily hold accused persons before they go to remand because the state's remand centres are full.
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Some useful statistics on remand and commenst on impact of changes to Bail Act.

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Ex-bikies boss Mahmoud Hawi freed from prison after serving five years for fatal Sydney Airport brawl

Ex-bikies boss Mahmoud Hawi freed from prison after serving five years for fatal Sydney Airport brawl | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Crime | Scoop.it
FORMER Comancheros boss Mahmoud “Mick” Hawi has been freed from jail after serving just five years for the killing of Hells Angels associate Anthony Zervas in a violent brawl at Sydney Airport six years ago.
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Good example of use of parole. Also relevant to issue of bail.

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Just Reinvest NSW - Justice Reinvestment for Aboriginal Young People

Just Reinvest NSW - Justice Reinvestment for Aboriginal Young People | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Crime | Scoop.it
Justice reinvestment is about taking taxpayers dollars out of prisons and putting them back into communities. When implemented, justice reinvestment programs benefit entire communities, not just Aboriginal young people. Sign up to show your support
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Just Rinvest is a good example of a social crime prevention strategy. It aims to reduce the number of ATSI people in custody.

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Kieran Loveridge sentence for killing of Thomas Kelly doubled on appeal

Kieran Loveridge sentence for killing of Thomas Kelly doubled on appeal | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Crime | Scoop.it
The jail sentence given to the Sydney youth who killed teenager Thomas Kelly with a single punch during a spree of assaults in Kings Cross has been doubled from five years, two months to 10 years after an appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
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NSW cabinet backs laws to allow family of homicide victims to have say in killer's sentencing

NSW cabinet backs laws to allow family of homicide victims to have say in killer's sentencing | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Crime | Scoop.it
The family of homicide victims would have a say in the killer's sentence under controversial new laws approved by the NSW cabinet.
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This article outlines how VIS's are presently used in sentencing and proposed changes to their role. Interesting issue to consider when looking at rights of victims, offenders and society during sentencing process.

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Court verdicts: More found innocent if no jury involved

Court verdicts: More found innocent if no jury involved | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Crime | Scoop.it
The man accused of murdering his fiancee by throwing her off the balcony of their Hyde Park apartment may have improved his chances of being found innocent by being tried without a jury.

Via gina lockton
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Relates to the 'criminal trial process' and the role of juries - note that in this case, the defendant successfully applied to have his case heard by a judge, without a jury.

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gina lockton's curator insight, November 22, 2013 9:36 PM

This is a great one for CRIME

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NSW's one-punch law 'knee-jerk': critics

NSW's one-punch law 'knee-jerk': critics | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Crime | Scoop.it
NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell is expected to take new "one punch" laws to cabinet that could see king hit killers jailed for up to 10 years.
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Judges told to consider history when sentencing

Judges told to consider history when sentencing | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Crime | Scoop.it
Judges will need to consider the Aboriginal background of an offender when sentencing them, after a High Court decision ruled that the effects of profound disadvantage do not diminish over time.

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STATE GOVERNMENT MISSES HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY TO REPEAL ‘DANGEROUS’ BAIL LAWS

STATE GOVERNMENT MISSES HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY TO REPEAL ‘DANGEROUS’ BAIL LAWS | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Crime | Scoop.it

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Thomas Kelly manslaughter: sentencing date set

Thomas Kelly manslaughter: sentencing date set | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Crime | Scoop.it
The man who fatally king-hit Sydney teenager Thomas Kelly in Kings Cross will face a sentence hearing in October.
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The case of R v Loveridge 2013 (aka the Thomas Kelly case) involevd the use of charge negotiation.

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All these women might still be alive if their killers had not been paroled | Melinda Tankard Reist

All these women might still be alive if their killers had not been paroled | Melinda Tankard Reist | DSODE HSC Legal Studies Crime | Scoop.it
When murderer John Coombes was convicted for a second murder, what did the Adult Parole Board do? Let him out of prison in 2007 to murder his friend, foster

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ss legal's curator insight, August 25, 2013 4:17 AM

HSC Crime - Consideration of the rights of offenders vs victims rights.

gina lockton's curator insight, August 27, 2013 6:00 AM

Crime - sentencing and punishment - a good look at the issue of victims rights and reform

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The NSW Government has established a committee to investigate the sentencing of child sex offenders, mainly due to public concern about the adequacy of sentences being imposed on child sex offenders.

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