Adnan Syed, Subject of Serial Podcast, Granted a New Trial

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 6 July 2016 | 0 Comments

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

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Report on Government Services 2016 by the Productivity Commission - Courts

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 5 July 2016 | 0 Comments

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").

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Business Leaders and Politicians Call for National Action on Corruption

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 4 July 2016 | 0 Comments

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

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Latest newsletter from CLA - the CLArion 1 July 2016

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 4 July 2016 | 0 Comments

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

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The Coronial Investigation of Suspected Deaths: Article by Dartnall and Goodman-Delahunty in Journal of Law and Medicine 2016

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 23 June 2016 | 0 Comments

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.

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Call for a Commission of Inquiry and a Criminal Cases Review Commission in NZ following Teina Pora Wrongful Conviction

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 20 June 2016 | 0 Comments

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.

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NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions: Availability of Prosecution Guidelines

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 17 June 2016 | 0 Comments

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.

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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

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 16 June 2016 | 0 Comments

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/

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Man in NZ to Receive More than $2 million in Compensation for Wrongful Conviction

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 15 June 2016 | 1 Comments

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.

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Selected International Best Practices in Police Performance Measurement: Rand 2012

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 14 June 2016 | 0 Comments

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

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