Judicial System

Cognitive Disability and the Justice system
Disability Services / Judicial System / Mental Health / Summer 2016-17

Cognitive Disability and the Justice system

According to the NSW Law Reform Commission more than a third of people appearing before NSW Local Courts may have a cognitive disability. Susan Beggs explores the sociological risk factors that have put them there.

Five key changes to social housing laws
Housing / Judicial System / Winter 2016

Five key changes to social housing laws

Anti-social behaviour and how to tackle it has been a contentious issue in public housing. On one side is people’s right to “quiet enjoyment” of their tenancies and on the other side people with high and complex needs are allocated housing without adequate support to help maintain their tenancies. The Tenants’ Union NSW explains the three strikes process that can lead to mandatory termination.

Your voice your rights: Ageing and the law
Ageing / Autumn 2016 / Judicial System

Your voice your rights: Ageing and the law

As an older person in today’s society you have many legal rights as Melissa Chaperlin explains.

What is elder abuse?
Ageing / Autumn 2016 / Health / Judicial System

What is elder abuse?

The NSW Elder Abuse Helpline provides information, support, and referrals to any caller who suspects, witnesses or is experiencing elder abuse. The Helpline was established as part of the NSW Ageing Strategy. Helpline consultant, Kyra Hazelman, explains what elder abuse is.

Community Justice Centres: The Road less travelled
Autumn 2015 / Community Safety / Judicial System

Community Justice Centres: The Road less travelled

Australia’s only community justice centre is the Neighbourhood Justice Centre in inner-city Melbourne. Its integrated approach to justice, service co-ordination and crime prevention is one many would like to see tried in NSW. To encourage this discussion Ann Strunks tells us about a project the centre undertook in Smith Street Collingwood.

No reason for a ‘law and order’ election
Autumn 2015 / Community Safety / Judicial System

No reason for a ‘law and order’ election

NSW elections in recent decades have been described as ‘law and order’ auctions. Garner Clancey explores some of the reasons why there is no reason for a ‘law and order’ auction and what criminal justice issues should receive greater attention by government after this election.

Figure 1: Percentage change in the motor vehicle theft rate by Metropolitan SSD (2012 vs 2000)
Autumn 2014 / Community Safety / Domestic Violence / Judicial System

Property crime decline

Beneath the headlines, NSW has experienced a significant decline in property crime since 2000 with large reductions in burglary, motor vehicle theft, steal from motor vehicle, robberies and other property offences. Some of the greatest reductions are in the inner city.