When dealing with the Police you are not obliged to … you have the following rights …

Kudos to Bill Loukas - Barrister at St. James Martin Chambers, Sydney for providing helpful legal advice on the back of his business card. Starting with...

New laws in Queensland regarding image abuse

Sharing nudes? It’s now a crime here in Queensland to share – or threaten to share – an intimate image without that person’s consent. You could face up to th...

After the arrest

How long can you be detained at the police station after arrest? If you have been arrested on suspicion of an offence, the police are allowed to detain you for a reasonable time to carry out investigations, for example, to interview you, if you agree to being interviewed. The Law Society of NSW

The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It's Broken

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER An expert and eloquent account of much that has gone wrong with our [England Wales] criminal law procedures: this book is accurate, informative and sensibly points the way to pragmatic reforms Geoffrey Robertson QC

10 things you won’t believe are illegal

Australia is known as an easygoing place, but there is actually a whole bunch of acts you had no idea were against the law here.

Police Powers – Your Rights (Qld)

A guide to your rights when dealing with police. This information is current at August 2018. If you are ever in trouble with police, you should seek legal advice... Published by caxton legal centre inc.

What rights do you have when under arrest?

How long can police hold you for questioning? What are the rules around searches, arrests, sniffer dogs and bail in Australia? This explainer offers a basic ...

Public Interest Advocacy Centre

PIAC tackles difficult social problems that impact on the lives of many Australians. We conduct test cases and strategic litigation in the public interest and provide legal assistance, policy advice and training to create positive change to the lives of people who are disadvantaged and marginalised. Issues we address include: homelessness; access for people with disability to basic services; access to energy and water for low-income and vulnerable consumers; Indigenous disadvantage; discrimination against people with mental health conditions; the proper exercise of police power; the rights of people in detention; government accountability. Level 5, 175 Liverpool Street Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia P 61 2 8898 6500 F 61 2 8898 6555


Links to Pro Bono (Free) Legal Assistance in Australia

When you can't afford a lawyer these links to legal assistance organisations + their publications can help.

Chester Porter interviewed by John Farquharson in the Law in Australian society oral history project... [nla.obj-217475479] | Digital Collection - National Library of Australia

Chester Porter, QC, speaks of the early years establishing his law practice in Sydney; the major cases he was involved with during his years at the Bar such as - the Voyager Royal Commission, the Lindy Chamberlain case appearing as Council assisting the Royal Commission; his first famous case in the early years being the Royal Commission into the murder conviction of Frederick McDermott in 1951...

Under Arrest
Criminal Law