After hearing about the news of 3 innocent bystanders being accidentally injured by NSW Police, who were apparently facing a life or death situation, I thought it would be useful to examine NSW Police policy and procedures in this area, particularly any policy that discusses use of force options, de-escalation of incidents, particularly involving persons with mental health issues, and the risks of firing shots when in a populated public area.
According to the Charles Smith blog posting for 8 June 2016, Canadian, Mr Ivan Henry, has been awarded $8 million in damages for wrongful imprisonment. See http://smithforensic.blogspot.com.au/
Is it Time for National Best Practice Strategy and Standards in Homicide Investigation in Australia?
Recent incidents have shown varying standards of homicide investigation in Australia and overseas. Following on from Making a Murderer, investigative interviewing and false confessions appear to be possible problems. This may be particularly the case with Indigenous Australians, juveniles and other vulnerable persons. Is it time that Australia, like the UK, developed a national best practice model with clear standards and strategy requirements? An objective, professional approach would also operate to address the internationally recognised problem of “tunnel vision”.
Congratulations to Felicity Gerry QC for winning the inaugural UK Solicitors Journal Legal Personality of the Year. See http://www.solicitorsjournal.com/news/legal-profession/other-professionals/26233/solicitors-journal-legal-personality-year-award-shor
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.