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Welcome to Galbally Rolfe, Criminal Lawyers Melbourne

Welcome to our new interactive Galbally Rolfe, Criminal Defence Lawyers Melbourne, website. We hope to keep you informed of the most recent developments in the criminal jurisdiction and help our clients navigate the court process. We are the oldest criminal defence firm in Melbourne dedicated exclusively to representing accused persons in criminal matters. We appear […]

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Critical Changes to Criminal & Sentencing Law

The beginning of the legal year has seen the introduction of new legislation, which fundamentally changes aspects of the criminal law. The following is a summary of recent changes in the criminal law: Assaults relating to Custodial Officers The Crimes Legislation Amendment Act 2016 came into effect on 6 February 2017. It expands upon previous changes […]

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Bail Information Guide

Most people have never been in a situation where a loved one is held in custody and they must assist to prepare a Bail Application on their behalf. Often, when a person is first introduced into custody, they are held in ‘Police Custody’, either in the Melbourne Custody Centre or at a Police Station. The duration […]

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The Definition of ‘Violence’ in Bail Cases arising from Charges of Breach Family Violence Intervention Order

In the case of Re Application for Bail by Swain [2017] VSC 55, the Accused was charged with a number of offences including a breach of a family violence intervention order. The issue that arose before the Supreme Court was the definition of violence pursuant to section 4(4)(ba) of the Bail Act 1977, which proscribes particular provisions applicable […]

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Important New Practice Notes in Effect

For all those practitioners who utilise our website for up to date legal information, please be advised that there are now new practice notes in effect for the relevant Courts and Jurisdictions: Magistrates’ Court of Victoria – Fast Tracking of Family Violence Matters, 2 January 2017 County Court of Victoria – Criminal Procedure Practice Note, […]

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Barrister Profile – Kelly McKay

The criminal law is a hard area to get into and a difficult area to maintain. Kelly McKay has earned her place as an impressive up and coming barrister and a original members of the new David Ross Chambers, by far the funkiest criminal law chambers in the legal precinct. The combination of their coffee […]

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New Victoria Police Pursuits Policy Announced

Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill has announced changes to the Victoria Police Pursuits Policy to prioritise public safety, arising from concerns that Police pursuits actually increase the danger to the public and are unnecessary given the other investigative techniques available. In 2014, Coroner Olle released findings in relation to 10 deaths arising from Police pursuits, most […]

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New Drink and Drug Driving Offence in Victoria

Next month a new offence will be introduced into the Road Safety Act of Drink & Drug Driving. This offence specifically targets those who are intercepted driving whilst the prescribed concentration of alcohol and drugs are in their system. Previously there have been issues with prosecuting the same person for the two distinct offences arising from […]

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