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Handbook for Judicial Officers Update 2 published

Update 2 of the Handbook for Judicial Officers includes: Preliminaries Handbook for Judicial Officers International Award — The Association for Continuing Legal Education presented an...

Sentencing for domestic violence in the Local Court published

Domestic violence is a serious, prevalent and persistent issue in NSW, denying victims their right to live free from violence, and the opportunity and...

Local Court Bench Book Update 145 published

The following files have been updated: Specific penalties and orders has been updated as follows: Crimes Act 1900 has been amended by: (a) Crimes Legislation Amendment Act...

Sexual Assault Trials Handbook Update 37 published

The following sections have been updated:  Sexual offences — brief legislative history and  Meaning of “consent” have been revised to incorporate amendments to the Crimes Act 1900 and the Criminal Procedure...

Equality before the Law Bench Book update 21 published

The Equality Before the Law Bench Book has been updated to include a new chapter:  “Trauma-informed courts”. Below is an outline of the new chapter. Section...

Criminal Trial Courts Bench Book update 69 published

The following amendments have been made to the Bench Book for this update: Child witness/accused Cross-referencing to parts of ff Closed court, suppression and non-publication orders has been...

Civil Trials Bench Book Update 48 published

The following changes have been incorporated in this Update:  Disqualification for bias At  Apprehended bias, the case of Feldman v Nationwide News Pty Ltd  103 NSWLR 307...

Special directions for consent in sexual assault trials

The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Consent Reforms) Act 2021 commences on 1 June 2022.   Changes to the Criminal Procedure Act 1986 affect certain sexual...

Children’s Court Resource Handbook published

Update 14, May 2022 Care and protection matters — background material refers to P Gray, “Beyond placement: realising the promise of the Aboriginal and...

Equality before the Law Bench Book update 20 published

Section 2, formerly “Aboriginal people” has been renamed “First Nations people”. The following additional changes have been made in this update: Section 2 — First Nations people Information...