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Police MattersBeing a victim or the witness of a crime can be a distressing experience. Below we offer some useful guidance to assist you in understanding your legal rights and what to expect from the criminal justice system if you are affected by crime in any way. There is also some introductory information on criminal law and details of how to get help when you need it.


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How is intent determined in relation to arson?

Date: 01 Sep 2017, Filed under: Arson, Criminal Law

Neasey J in Gardenal-Williams v The Queen looked to Kenny’s Outlines of Criminal Law in relation to intent, with his Honour citing...

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Date: 01 Aug 2017, Filed under: Criminal Law

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What is the definition of assault occasioning actual bodily harm?

Date: 01 Jul 2017, Filed under: Assault & Battery, Criminal Law

In R v Donovan [1934] 2 KB 498; All ER 207; 25 Cr App R 1 (at 509; 212; 13), Swift J in the Court of Criminal Appeal said the following in relation to...

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