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YOUTH JUSTICE

A young person provided with every possible opportunity to create a bold and vibrant future, in turn, creates a fearless, confident young adult.  While the vast majority of young people have secure and nurturing childhoods that establish a strong foundation for life, there are others who meet significant barriers and disadvantage which lead them into […]
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WHAT IS BAIL?

Bail is a legally binding undertaking that you promise to appear in court on a particular date and time, rather than remain in custody. When the matter is finalised, the bail undertaking will cease to continue. BACKGROUND A large remand prisoner population is a problem. Firstly, a remand prisoner is yet to have their guilt […]
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MANDATORY SENTENCING IN WA

Increasingly, Australian parliaments are intervening in sentencing practices. In Western Australia, this includes the recent expansion of the “three strikes” home burglary laws. Politicians enacting mandatory sentencing laws claim to be responding to the public calling for harsher sentences, with the courts perceived as too lenient on crime. Unfortunately, the public is largely misinformed about […]
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CONFISCATION OF MONEY AND PROPERTY IN CRIMINAL LAW

In Western Australia, there are very harsh laws regarding proceeds of crime and confiscation of property.  They were implemented to prevent individuals benefitting from crime. Under the Criminal Property Confiscation Act 2000 (WA) the police and Director of Public Prosecutions have the power to confiscate property which is: Unexplained wealth Criminal benefits Crime-used property Crime-derived […]
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WESTERN AUSTRALIAN ONE PUNCH LAW

In popular nightlife entertainment areas, such as Northbridge, violent attacks are becoming more prevalent, including the ‘one punch’ attacks or coward’s punches.  They are characterised by an individual serving a single blow to another, which causes death.  In most circumstances, the victim and perpetrator are not acquainted and the attack is unprovoked.  Due to the […]
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