How a Statement of No Complaint can lead to dropped charges.

How police use victim statements When police charge a person (the accused) for committing an offence against another person (the victim), a formal complaint is required by the victim in order for the police to proceed with an investigation. Police will take a signed and witnessed statement from the victim outlining what the accused did to them. Police will then use that statement as evidence to prove the offence in court. Victim doubts their recollection Sometimes victim statements are made in the height of anger, or while the victim was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Often the victim has


When is a toy gun an imitation firearm?

If you grew up playing cowboys and Indians and bought toy guns from the local market, you may be surprised to know that possessing many of them is illegal. Section 5AB of the Control of Weapons Act 1990 makes it an offence to possess an imitation firearm. Go to any toy retailer these days and you’ll not see any toy guns that look real, they are all brightly coloured with ridiculous form factors to conform with the law. To prove the offence, police just need to demonstrate that the toy gun could be reasonably mistaken for a real one. This


Mandatory Jabs For Workers Held Lawful.

A NSW Supreme Court Justice has dismissed a challenge to NSW COVID-19 vaccination orders for workers in a landmark decision that will affect workers in all Australian states. The public health laws that allow for mandatory vaccinations at work were held as lawful because workers can choose not to take a vaccine. But if they make this choice, the public health laws are valid in restricting their movement to and from work. The plaintiffs in this case have not yet indicated if they will appeal the decision.