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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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