Criminal law

Criminal offence a heavy handed approach to conversion therapy

26 Aug 2020

Criminal offence a heavy handed approach to conversion therapy

The Law Society is opposed to the reprehensible practice of 'conversion therapy', and strongly supports the policy intent behind the Sexuality and Gender Identity Conversion Practices Bill 2020, however we do not agree with the creation of a new criminal offence in this case.

Law Society welcomes first steps towards stopping children being imprisoned

20 Aug 2020

Law Society welcomes first steps towards stopping children being imprisoned

The ACT Law Society today welcomed the Legislative Assembly's first tentative steps towards raising the age of criminal resposibility from 10 to 14 years, to keep children out of prison.

Law Society signs open letter calling on ACT Government to stop imprisoning children

23 Jul 2020

Law Society signs open letter calling on ACT Government to stop imprisoning children

The ACT Law Society has joined with a collective of service delivery, human rights, legal, and representative organisations to call on the ACT Government to raise the age of criminal responsibility in the territory.

Law Society reaffirms opposition to anti-consorting laws

23 Jul 2020

Law Society reaffirms opposition to anti-consorting laws

The ACT Law Society today reaffirmed its opposition to anti-consorting laws, which were proposed this week by the ACT Liberals. 

 Law Society condemns ACT Government’s removal of right to trial by jury

2 Apr 2020

Law Society condemns ACT Government’s removal of right to trial by jury

The ACT Law Society today condemned the ACT Government's removal of a defendant's right to a fair trial.

ACT Law Society welcomes new DPP

11 Dec 2018

ACT Law Society welcomes new DPP

The Society was pleased to learn of the appointment of Shane Drumgold as the new director of the ACT DPP.

Traditional protections under threat by new police powers

27 Nov 2017

Traditional protections under threat by new police powers

The Law Society expressed dismay at the expansive new crime scene powers conferred on police under the Crimes (Police Powers and Firearms Offence) Amendment Bill 2017.

Concern over increased police powers

31 Oct 2017

Concern over increased police powers

Alarm at the breadth of the Bill introduced today dealing with police powers to supposedly address drive-by shootings.

‘Exceptional circumstances’ bail review power already exercised

2 May 2017

‘Exceptional circumstances’ bail review power already exercised

Dismay at the use of the bail review power just one day after it commenced operation.

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