TRIAL BY INTERNET

In the first week of February 2008 the big boys at Channel 9 were virtually leaping out of their skin with excitement. The network’s highly-anticipated “true-crime” drama series Underbelly, based on the sensational underworld war that saw 36 criminal identities slaughtered on the streets of Melbourne between January 1998 and August 2010, was about to [...]

March 15th, 2017|Criminal Law, Technology|

ATTACK OF THE DRONES

With the currently almost endemic proliferation in Australian society of audio- and video-recording mobile phones, and the recent announcement by CASA of the relaxation of laws and regulations around the use of surveillance drones in Australian airspace, perhaps it’s time we all sat down to have a good hard rethink about some of our rules [...]

September 30th, 2016|Entertainment, International, Privacy, Sport, Technology|

TROLLS BEWARE

The Australian justice system has at last stomped decisively into the 21st century, striking out at online bullying and harassment. Following the first Commonwealth criminal prosecution of its kind last week, a young man entered a plea of guilty to a charge laid against him by AFP investigators in relation to a series of offensive [...]

June 30th, 2016|Criminal Law, Technology|

THE UNDERBELLY ISSUE

A couple of years back, at the International Criminal Law Congress, I delivered a paper on the effect of pre-trial publicity on jury trials. Victorian Supreme Court Justice Betty King, who presided over the trial of Melbourne underworld figure Carl Williams and others charged in the wake of the Melbourne gangland war, was on the [...]

December 4th, 2014|Criminal Law, Opinion, Technology|

STAY OFF SOCIAL MEDIA AND OUT OF THE FAMILY COURT?

Over the past several years anecdotal experience in the our family law practice has had some at Nyst Legal raising their eyebrows about the number of more mature couples lining up for the divorce, often after striking up new relationships over the Internet. Now it's official, with statistics showing that there is a growing in [...]

July 7th, 2014|Family Law, Technology|

WATCH PHONES TAKING US BACK TO THE FUTURE.

When I was a kid every afternoon after school my brothers and I used to love watching The Dick Tracy Show on T.V. Detective Dickie would hurtle through the city streets in his police squad car barking into his radio wristwatch "Dick Tracy calling Go-Go Gomez, Dick Tracy calling Go-Go Gomez. Come in Go Go.” [...]

June 26th, 2014|Hollywood, Opinion, Technology|