In Western Australia as in other jurisdictions, the courts are overwhelmed with processing a tsunami of drug and drug-related offending.
Allegations of sexual offending aside, drug-related criminality dwarfs all other categories of offending in this State. As is commonly appreciated, methamphetamine or ‘ice’ is the prevalent drug of choice amongst those who regularly take or are caught up within a... Read More
How to avoid a disclosable criminal record if pleading guilty or on being found guilty of a criminal offence?
The modern workplace invariably requires an employee to disclose any past criminal conviction(s). All things being equal, employers will generally not even consider a person for employment if they have a criminal record. As Barrister Chambers we hear this time and... Read More
After the 2 nd World War there was a steady flow of orphaned or unwanted children from Britain who were sent to Australia for a better life and to populate Australia.
These children and their poor parents were sold the promise of a new, exciting and wonderful life in Australia. The reality when they arrived was very often very different... Read More
Driving a car is a risky business at the best of times and it has been exacerbated by the proliferation of electronic gadgets and has become a lot riskier still.
The recent trial of Aine Marie McGrath, 25, charged with Dangerous Driving Occasioning Death, in the Perth District Court, is a prime illustration of this danger.
En-route to a local pub... Read More
28 April 1996, a date that will go down as a pivotal moment for gun control in Australia. A lone gunman called Martin Bryant, a 28 year old man with significant intellectual disabilities, carried out a mass shooting at the historic Port Arthur tourist site in South Eastern Tasmania. By the end of the shooting, Mr Bryant had killed... Read More