Criminal law

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Report

Bail practices and policy alternatives in Australia

There was a rapid increase in the remand in custody population in Australia between 2008 and 2018, partly caused by legislative responses to some high-profile offences committed by defendants while on bail. The approach in this study was to explore bail and remand policy that...
Discussion paper

Coercive control: discussion paper

The Department of Communities and Justice (NSW) has released this discussion paper on coercive and controlling behaviour in the context of domestic and family violence in NSW.
Briefing paper

Criminalising coercive control in the context of domestic and family violence: key sources

In recent years, several countries have introduced new offences to criminalise coercive control in the context of domestic and family violence. This paper provides a brief overview and a list of key sources that discuss the issue of criminalising coercive control.
Report

Penalties for assaults on public officers: final report

This report represents the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council's work to understand and reform sentencing for assaults on public officers.
Report

Committals: report

This report is about improving committal and other pre-trial indictable procedures to reduce trauma for victims and witnesses, improve efficiency in the criminal justice system, and ensure fair trial rights.
Report

Corporate criminal responsibility: final report

In 2019, the Attorney-General of Australia, the Hon Christian Porter MP, asked the ALRC to undertake a comprehensive review of the Commonwealth corporate criminal responsibility regime, emphasising the need for effective law to hold corporations to account for criminal misconduct. This report outlines the findings...
Report

Operation Gloucester

Does Victoria Police have an ongoing ethical standards problem? This inquiry report on Operation Gloucester identifies a variety of improper practices by police officers, with respect to witness statements which did not comply with proper evidentiary and disclosure practices. The report identifies improper practices which...
Discussion paper

Raising the age of criminal responsibility

In every state and territory in Australia, children as young as 10 years old can be arrested by police, taken to a police station, questioned, held in police custody and remanded or sentenced to imprisonment. This paper argues that Australia’s age of criminal responsibility should...
Report

Law … what is it good for?

This report draws on findings from the Community Perspectives of Law Survey, an Australia-wide survey of over 1800 people which explored people’s understanding of the relevance of law and, in particular, whether lawyers are seen as important in relation to everyday scenarios.
Discussion paper

NZ’s cannabis referendum 2020

A referendum this year will ask the public whether they support legalising the use of cannabis, accompanied by regulation, education and taxation. This discussion paper updates the overseas evidence and assesses the government’s proposal.