Victorian judges are handing down tough retrospective prison terms rather than more appropriate community correction orders because an increasing number of defendants are on remand, a Sentencing Advisory Council investigation suggests.
A Brisbane court’s decision to imprison high-profile criminal lawyer Timothy Meehan for a period of five-and-a-half years has been endorsed by the local law society, which described the man’s conduct as an abuse of the trust and faith that members of the public place in lawyers.
Over $200 million will be invested in recruiting extra personnel for correctional facilities plus new measures to improve community safety as part of a major overhaul of the NSW criminal justice system.
A leaked draft ruling has revealed that the World Trade Organisation is likely to uphold Australia’s plain packaging laws. Former attorney-general Nicola Roxon said the landmark decision is a win for the Australian public.
The Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW has released a new policy brief on Australia’s treatment of boat arrivals, which it says is a violation of international law and an unfeasible long-term solution.