The High Court has ruled that the Northern Territory's paperless arrest laws, which allow a person to be held by police without charge for a certain period, are constitutionally valid.

High Court rules that NT paperless arrest laws are valid

The High Court of Australia has upheld the validity of the Northern Territory's "paperless arrest" laws, after a constitutional challenge by the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency. The Agency had argued that the paperless arrest laws, contained within amendments to the Police Administration Act, violated the principle ...
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/ Courts, Criminal law
Dr Janice Duffy, who represented herself, has vindicated the right to clear one's name with Google under Australian law. At least, for now (the decision is subject to appeal). Source: www.drjaniceduffy.com

How hard is it to clear your name on Google?

What do you do if Google links to content about you that is offensive, untrue and causes other people to think less of you? How do you clear your name on Google? A recent court decision in South Australia has clarified the issue, holding that ...
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Courts on both sides of the country in open revolt over funding

Courts on both sides of the country in open revolt over funding

Courts on both sides of the country are in open revolt over funding, with two Chief Justices recently going public to protest the risk to judicial independence posed by budgetary pressures.  In remarks to a parliamentary study group, Chief Justice Marilyn Warren of the Supreme Court ...
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NT Supreme Court judge calls people smuggler law ‘dangerous’

NT Supreme Court judge calls people smuggler law ‘dangerous’

Saturday, October 15th, 2011 A Northern Territory Supreme Court judge has criticised mandatory sentencing rules for people smugglers under the Migration Act. Justice Jenny Blokland delivered an speech last night at the launch of the Northern Territory division of the lobby group ‘Australian Lawyers for ...
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/ Courts, Human Rights