An article at page 2 of The Weekend Australian by Nicola Berkovic points out that the NSW Attorney-General's decision in relation to the Bowraville murders will be a legal first. NSW A-G the Hon. Gabrielle Upton will seek the retrial of a man previously acquitted of murdering two children from the town of Bowraville in northern NSW in 1990 and 1991. The Court of Criminal Appeal (CCA) will decide whether the two acquittals should be set aside.
How A Coronial Can Go Wrong: The Australasian Coroner's Manual by Dillon and Hadley Federation Press 2015
Was recently re-reading The Australasian Coroner's Manual by Hugh Dillon and Marie Hadley (Federation Press 2015). There is a particularly interesting section on "why inquests can go wrong" at pp.116 to 117.
Having a pharmacy background, I am particularly interested in forensic toxicology and poisoning cases, as you will note from previous postings on this blog.
2016 Asia Pacific Coroners Society Conference 8-11 November 2016 - Now Receiving Expressions of Interest
The 2016 Asia Pacific Coroners Society Conference will be held at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth, WA, from 8-11 November 2016. See http://www.dcconferences.com.au/apcsc2016/home
In doing some research recently, I came across the Victorian DPP's policy on the Application of the Model Litigant Guidelines. See http://www.opp.vic.gov.au/getattachment/845db59c-8f57-43a6-ac90-ff13859cf1d8/15-Application-of-Model-Litigant-Guidelines.aspx
Tasmanian Women Lawyers: Updated Website and Upcoming Event on 17 June 2016 with Australian Women Lawyers President
The Tasmanian Women Lawyers (TWL) has recently updated its website. See http://twl.asn.au/. Thank you to Committee member, Tori Hodgman, for all her hard work in loading lots of new material, including photos from the very successful Meet the Judiciary cocktail party, onto the site.
A "Legal Aid Matters" Rally will be held on 16 May 2016 at 1 pm on the Parliament House lawns in Hobart. The event is supported by the Law Society of Tasmania, the Law Council of Australia and the Tasmanian Bar.
This article provides a useful overview of the life and police career of Roger Rogerson, who is currently on trial in Sydney for the murder of Jamie Gao. See http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2639716/Disgraced-former-detective-wanted-murder-Sydney-university-student-Jamie-Gao.html
In an article from the Australasian Lawyer dated 6 May 2016 it is stated that a Queensland barrister has been ordered to pay $150,000 in damages after a Supreme Court jury found he defamed a Victorian police officer involved in the fatal shooting of Tyler Cassidy in a skate park in 2008. See http://www.australasianlawyer.com.au/news/lawyer-ordered-to-pay-150000-in-defamation-damages-215599.aspx
A very interesting article in the ABC News (27 April 2016) about the body of a man floating to the surface of a Queensland lake 18 months after his disappearance: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-27/body-found-lake-eacham-missing-man-maurice-shutter/7364082