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Criminal Law updates, matters of relevance and interest to lawyers who practice in criminal law.

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Criminal Law updates, matters of relevance and interest to lawyers who practice in criminal law.

    "A practical guide to sentence in the Local Court"

    "A practical guide to sentence in the Local Court"

    “A practical guide to sentences in the Local Court” - a podcast which does exactly what the title says!
    This excellent informative conversation style podcast is between Robyn and Anna which unpacks what to do to prepare for a plea in mitigation in the Local Court.
    NOTE: There are several complimentary materials which it is highly recommended that you read before or whilst listening to this podcast. Here is the link
    Robyn and Anna have combined extensive experience in practising in solely in criminal law and are during this podcast they provide an insightful and excellent guide to what to do, say and prepare on behalf of your client.
    Robyn Fraser began her legal career with Legal Aid NSW in 2003, and since then has worked in various areas of criminal law practice including Inner City Local Courts, the Indictable Appeals Unit, Parramatta Drug Court, Northern Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA), the Crown Solicitor’s Office (Inquiries team), and the Criminal Indictable Unit at Sydney Central.  Robyn is currently the Solicitor in Charge of the Newcastle Regional Office and is an Accredited Specialist in criminal law.
    Anna Pankhurst started her career as a Tipstaff to a Supreme Court Judge in 2010, then worked at Crown Solicitors Office in the Inquiries and Torts sections. Anna then worked for the Sydney ODPP, before working at the Redfern ALS office where she managed the SCB practice and then the (the Bidura now Sydney) Children’s court. In 2015 Anna moved to Newcastle and returned to the ODPP. In November 2019 she commenced at Coffs Harbour Legal Aid as the Senior Solicitor Crime Practice Manager.
     
     
     

    • 30 min
    CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT PILOT MATTERS: Practice, protocols, procedures and points of difference to other trial matters

    CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT PILOT MATTERS: Practice, protocols, procedures and points of difference to other trial matters

    This Podcast is all about CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT PILOT MATTERS: Practice, protocols, procedures and points of difference to other trial matters.
    This podcast covers all the practical information you need about these matters.
    Helen Shaw is a senior solicitor in Team 2 of the Criminal Indictable Section in head office at Legal Aid. Helen was admitted as a solicitor in 1998 and has practised predominantly in the area of criminal indictable matters in both private practice and at Legal Aid. Helen has instructed counsel in numerous “pilot” trial matters since their introduction at Sydney and Newcastle District Courts. Outside of law, Helen loves dabbling in foreign languages, travel (but Covid-19 has temporarily halted that passion), modern history, literature, food, sport, and genealogy.
     

    • 37 min
    Child Protection Register and CPPO's Post LECC review

    Child Protection Register and CPPO's Post LECC review

    In this podcast, solicitors Tim Khoo and Diane Elston discuss the Child Protection Register, Child Protection Prohibition Orders and some of the findings of the LECC review, ‘Operation Tusket’ into the NSW Child Protection Register (CPR).
    Apart from a general overview of the legislative framework they discuss:
    Why it is important for all practitioners to have a baseline knowledge of the CPR
    How a person becomes a registrable person, and circumstances where practitioners can seek to avoid the registration of their clients, including the relatively new judicial discretion for children
    Understanding the definition of a ‘single incident’ how it relates to registration and reporting periods
    That ‘Operation Tusket’ revealed many errors made by the NSW Police in administering the CPR. The findings highlighted the need for practitioners to double check that their client has been registered appropriately and had their reporting period calculated accurately. They also discuss the practical measures to be taken if errors have been identified.
    What a Child Protection Prohibition Order is and how it is different from CPR registration
    Some practical tips for working with clients who are dealing with CPR issues
    The fact sheet referenced in the podcast is able to be found on Legal Aid NSW Intranet along with Tim’s paper and also Diane's paper.
    Tim Khoo is a Senior Solicitor at the Children’s Legal Service and is based in Parramatta. He has been working in the children’s criminal jurisdiction for many years and is an accredited Children’s Law Specialist.
    Diane Elston is a Solicitor in the High Risk Offenders Unit. She is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist and joined Legal Aid in 2019.
      
     

    • 40 min
    Understanding Mandatory visa cancellations

    Understanding Mandatory visa cancellations

    Did you know? Understanding mandatory visa cancellations
    This podcast will give you an understanding of mandatory visa cancellations under the Migration Act and how these powers can impact your clients.  
    Presented by Duy Pham and Stephanie Blaker, migration lawyers in the Government Law team at Legal Aid Sydney.
    This podcast explains what happens to visa holders post-sentencing, focusing on the mandatory cancellation provisions in s501(3A) of the Migration Act, and what to keep in mind when advising clients at all stages of the criminal proceedings, including when entering a plea and how this could affect the sentencing outcome.
    Note: This podcast provides a summary of the mandatory visa cancellation powers and is targeted at the area’s that are most relevant to crime lawyers – it is not a comprehensive explanation of the entire visa cancellation framework.
     

    • 25 min
    ‘Sexual Offences Against Adults and Children: A New Regime’

    ‘Sexual Offences Against Adults and Children: A New Regime’

    In this podcast, solicitors Caitlin Akthar and Ruth Carty discuss laws relating to sex offences.
    As well as an overview of common offences, they discuss reforms to the law including:
    the application of the law of consent to a broader range of offences – s61HE of the Crimes Act;
    the introduction of a defence of similar age – section 80AG of the Crimes Act;
    the discretion to declare a young offender is not to be included on the Child Protection Register (CPR) - 3C of the Child Protection (Offenders Registration) Act; and
    the jury warning explaining potential reasons for inconsistency in a complainant’s evidence - 293A of the Criminal Procedure Act
    The paper by Caitlin and Ruth, ‘Sexual Offences Against Adults and Children: A New Regime’ is available from: https://criminalcpd.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Sexual-Offences-Against-Adults-and-Children-A-New-Regime-Caitlin-Akthar-and-Ruth-Cary-October-2019.pdf.’
    About the speakers:
    Caitlin Akthar is the Solicitor in Charge of the Indictable Appeals Unit at Legal Aid NSW. She has experience in the NSW Local, Children’s, District, and Supreme Courts; the Court of Criminal Appeal and the High Court of Australia. She is on the New South Wales Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee, and the New South Wales Law Society’s Children’s Issues Committee.
    Ruth Carty is a Criminal Law Solicitor and the Summary Court’s Manager at the Coffs Harbour office of Legal Aid NSW. She has been with Legal Aid NSW since 2015 and practices in the NSW Local, Children’s and District Courts.
     

    • 36 min
    Did you know? Navigating the new laws allowing for pre-recorded evidence in hearings

    Did you know? Navigating the new laws allowing for pre-recorded evidence in hearings

    This is the first podcast in our Criminal Law Division series of podcasts titled "Did you know?" which will cover exciting new developments relevant to criminal lawyers.
    As part of emergency legislation introduced to respond to COVID-19, the NSW parliament introduced new laws allowing for pre-recorded evidence hearings for a range of witnesses. These hearings have significant implications for the way a criminal trial might unfold.
    This podcast is a conversation between Caitlin Akthar and Jonathon Paff, Indictable Solicitor at the Coffs Harbour Legal Aid office, about what the new laws mean for solicitors. They cover:
    what a pre-recorded evidence hearing would mean for your matter;
    how to tell whether a pre-recorded evidence hearing might be ordered in your matter; and
    what you can do if a pre-recorded evidence hearing is suggested.
    During the podcast, reference is made to a paper by Caitlin Akthar on this topic which is available here: https://www.publicdefenders.nsw.gov.au/Documents/covid-19-pre-recorded-evidence-hearings-15-4-20.pdf.
    About the speakers:
    Caitlin Akthar is the Solicitor in Charge of the Indictable Appeals Unit at Legal Aid NSW. She has experience in the NSW Local, Children’s, District, and Supreme Courts; the Court of Criminal Appeal and the High Court of Australia. She is on the New South Wales Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee, and the New South Wales Law Society’s Children’s Issues Committee.
    Jonathon Paff is an EAGP solicitor at the Coffs Harbour office of Legal Aid NSW. He has experience at Legal Aid and in private practice, in summary and indictable matters along the Mid-North and North Coasts of NSW.’
    We are sure you will find this excellent podcast conversation both interesting and relevant to your practice of criminal law.

    • 26 min

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