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Bench Book News

Bench Book News

Bench book related news

Criminal Trial Courts Bench Book — Update 62 published

The following changes have been incorporated into this update: Contempt This chapter has been revised at The offence of disrespectful behaviour to include the...

Civil Trials Bench Book — Update 41 published

The following changes have been incorporated into this update:  Alternative dispute resolution This chapter has been substantially revised and updated. New paragraphs have been added at  Jurisdiction and...

Equality before the Law Bench Book — Update 16 published

Section 1 — Equality before the law This section has been updated at 1.2 — The diversity of the NSW population to include statistics from the report by the National Centre...

Sexual Assault Trials Handbook — Update 27 — March 2020

Offences Table 1: Sexual offences involving child victims at and Table 2: Sexual offences — other, at have both been updated. A brief legislative...

Local Court Bench Book Update 136 published

Update 136 of Local Court Bench Book includes: General Orders has been updated at to include a ready reckoner table with the length...

Local Court Bench Book Update 135 published

Update 135 of the Local Court Bench Book amends the following sections: Small Claims has been revised at and the information on pre-trial...

Sentencing Bench Book — Update 45 published

Unless otherwise stated, section numbers refer to the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999. Procedural fairness has been amended to include references to recent case law....

Local Court Bench Book — Update 134 published

The following amendments have been made to the Local Court Bench Book: Contents, Practical notes section and cross-referencing to other publications. Following the expansion of...

Sexual Assault Trials Handbook — Update 26 published

Update 26 to the Handbook contains the following material: Recent sexual assault law The following recent cases have been added: Tindall v R NSWCCA 136,...

Equality Before the Law Bench Book — Update 15 published

Section 2 — Aboriginal people This chapter has been significantly revised, with updated cases, statistics and new sections as detailed below. The legacy of historic dispossession...