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Early Appropriate Guilty Plea (EAGP) Law Reform; Episode 5

Early Appropriate Guilty Plea (EAGP) Law Reform; Episode 5

June 29, 2018

This is the final episode in a 5 part series by the Early Appropriate Guilty Plea Implementation Team at Legal Aid NSW that takes you through an explanation of the EAGP reforms.

In this episode the team discusses the new statutory sentence discount scheme.

Child Sexual Assault Pilot

Child Sexual Assault Pilot

May 9, 2018

This episode is an interview between one of our senior solicitors, Helen Shaw, and Barrister Sharyn Hall. In it they discuss the Child Sexual Assault Pilot - what it is and how it operates in practice.

Cross examination; the art of asking simple questions in the right order

Cross examination; the art of asking simple questions in the right order

April 23, 2018

In this episode Troy Anderson, Public Defender, delivers a seminar on 'Cross examination; the art of asking simple questions in the right order'. Troy provides useful and relevant insights and tips for criminal lawyers that will undoubedly assist in cross examining witnesses.

Bail

Bail

April 19, 2018

This episode on the topic of bail is presented by Rose Khalilizadeh, Barrister at Forbes Chambers. Rose provides an overview of bail to assist with preparing an application on behalf of an accused. Rose breaks down the episode into 3 parts; 1. The basics of a bail application. 2. Recent developments in case law relating to bail. 3. Practical tips.

The Art of Advocacy

The Art of Advocacy

April 13, 2018

Dan Howard SC offers some practical insights into the ‘art of advocacy’ derived from his varied experiences as an advocate and advocacy teacher. Topics discussed include preparation and planning, organising your material, managing your resources and yourself, presenting your case in chief, dealing with expert evidence, and cross-examination. The emphasis of this seminar is on ‘being an advocate’ and the ‘technique’ of advocacy.

Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Ethics and Professional Responsibility

March 28, 2018

Sally McAtee and Aideen McGarrigle from our In-House Counsel Unit look at the particular ethical issues that arise for our lawyers in the context of provding advice, minor assistance, duty and outreach services. This session will assist you to identify ethical issues within the Legal Aid NSW environment, understand where to look for resources and assistance and help you to resolve ethical isues that arise in your practice.

Forensic Evidence

Forensic Evidence

March 26, 2018

As Director of Independent Forensic Services, Helen Roebuck is exposed to flaws in DNA evidence regularly. In this presentation Helen discusses the basics of DNA profiling, recent technical and procedural changes relating to the handling of Forensic Biology and DNA evidence, and gives an insight into what questions you should be asking when DNA evidence is relied upon in your case.

 

Special Hearings in the District and Supreme Courts

Special Hearings in the District and Supreme Courts

January 22, 2018

Presented by Helen Shaw, Senior Solicitor in the Indictable Section at Central Sydney Office of Legal Aid, this episode discusses Special Hearings in the District and Supreme Courts and follows Helen's previous episode on Fitness Issues & Fitness Hearings in the District & Supreme Courts.

How the recent decision of Parente v R [2017] NSWCCA 284 affects sentencing in drug supply cases

How the recent decision of Parente v R [2017] NSWCCA 284 affects sentencing in drug supply cases

December 15, 2017

This episode, presented by Tom Quilter Public Defender, is about sentencing in drug supply cases and how the law has been affected by a recent 2017 CCA decsion of Parente, in which Tom was Junior Counsel.

Early Appropriate Guilty Plea law reform

Early Appropriate Guilty Plea law reform

November 28, 2017

Rob Hoyles and Daniel Covington from the 'Early Appropriate Guilty Plea Justice Reform Team' at Legal Aid, discuss the practicalities of the Justice Legislation Amendment (Committals and Guilty Pleas) Bill 2017.

Lewis v Sergeant Riley [2017] NSWCA 272; Forensic Procedure Orders Appeals

Lewis v Sergeant Riley [2017] NSWCA 272; Forensic Procedure Orders Appeals

November 28, 2017

Jeremy Styles, Senior Solicitor at the Aboriginal Legal Servce NSW/ACT discusses Lewis v Sergeant Rily [2017] NSWCA 272 where the Court of Appeal (Basten JA, White JA and Fagan JA in separate judgments) found that the District Court had a power to hear a rehearing appeal from a Forensic Procedure Order made by the Local Court.

Fitness issues and fitness hearings in the District and Supreme Courts

Fitness issues and fitness hearings in the District and Supreme Courts

November 28, 2017

This session is presented by Helen Shaw and focuses on issues that give rise to a question about a client's fitness. We look at the Presser Criteria, the procedures for fitness hearings, and the legislation that governs the procedures.

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