An article in The Guardian for 1 July 2016 reported that Adnan Syed, the subject of the viral podcast Serial, had been granted a new trial. See https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/jun/30/adnan-syed-judge-grants-new-trial-serial-podcast-baltimore-murder-case
The Productivity Commission Report on Government Services 2016 (RoGS) provides a very interesting comparison in relation to efficiency, equity and effectiveness indicators regarding the various court administration functions around Australia. See http://www.pc.gov.au/research/ongoing/report-on-government-services/2016/justice/courts/rogs-2016-volumec-chapter7.pd. It is interesting to note that the Productivity Commission is still grappling with "Quality" performance indicators ("To be determined").
An article in The Sydney Morning Herald from 25 June 2016 (prior to the federal election) states that leading corporate and political figures have called for a federal anti-corruption agency as public concern mounts over a litany of scandals and controversies ranging from dodgy political donations to international bribery by Australian companies. See http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/business-leaders-and-politicians-call-for-national-action-on-corruption-20160624-gpr6qt.html
The latest monthly newsletter (the CLArion) of Civil Liberties Australia (CLA), of which I am a member, is out. See http://www.cla.asn.au/clarion/1607_1CLArion.pdf
The Coronial Investigation of Suspected Deaths: Article by Dartnall and Goodman-Delahunty in Journal of Law and Medicine 2016
I have been forwarded a very interesting article for research purposes by Ms Stephanie Dartnall entitled "The Coronial Investigation of Suspected Deaths: Prevalence and Outcomes in New South Wales" (2016) JLM 609, published by Thomson Reuters. The article is co-authored by Professor Jane Goodman-Delahunty from Charles Sturt University.
Call for a Commission of Inquiry and a Criminal Cases Review Commission in NZ following Teina Pora Wrongful Conviction
A recent article from NZ discusses the revelations in the Teina Pora wrongful conviction case and calls for a Commission of Inquiry (see my previous blog postings on this case). See http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/81085437/teina-pora-this-cannot-happen-again.
Doing some comparative research on prosecution guidelines in the various States/Territories of Australia. Very interested in the nature of the guidelines and documentation publicly available in NSW including a number of documents relating to the accountability of prosecutors. See http://www.odpp.nsw.gov.au/prosecution-guidelines.
Letter of Apology from Government to Teina Pora and claims that he has been shortchanged by at least $2m according to Cabinet's own guidelines
Further to my recent posting on this wrongful conviction in NZ, a new article claims that Teina Pora has been shortchanged by at least $2 million, based on Cabinet's own guidelines. The article also contains a copy of the Government's letter of apology to Mr Pora. See http://thespinoff.co.nz/politics-media/15-06-2016/teina-pora-has-been-shortchanged-by-at-least-2-million-cabinets-own-guidelines-say-so/
The New Zealand Herald reported that Mr Teina Pora is set to receive more than $2 million in compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment. See http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11656425. Cabinet has apparently approved the compensation which is reported to be the largest ever payout by the Crown.
Came across a very useful "technical report" by Rand in 2012 on selected international best practices in police performance measurement. See http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/technical_reports/2012/RAND_TR1153.pdf