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Challenge continues to excessive bail compliance checks

March 21, 2019

PIAC’s challenge to the power of NSW police officers to conduct bail compliance checks without a Court order continues, with the NSW Court of Appeal setting aside the December 2018 decision of the District Court. The Court of Appeal decided … read more

Court win stops excessive and invasive police checks

December 7, 2018

In a significant decision handed down on Tuesday, the District Court of NSW has confirmed that NSW Police do not have the power to enter people’s properties to conduct random ‘bail compliance checks’ without a court order. The case arises from … read more

Police powers: hearing today on excessive ‘bail compliance checks’

November 29, 2018

PIAC is challenging in court the powers of police to conduct ‘bail compliance checks’ at people’s homes without a court order. The case, Dargan and Green v the State of NSW, arises from concerns that police have conducting excessive and invasive … read more

Bungled police response leaves DV victim behind bars

May 17, 2018

PIAC has commenced proceedings against NSW police and corrective services over the mishandling of a domestic violence case that saw a victim held in custody for failing to appear in court as a witness against her former partner. Sarah* was … read more

NT Royal Commission highlights national crisis in child protection for Aboriginal children

November 21, 2017

The NT Royal Commission’s final Report, released Friday, is an indictment of the NT government’s failure to protect the most vulnerable children and young people in its care. Importantly, it has also drawn attention to the national crisis in child … read more

Northern Territory detention no place for children with disabilities

February 3, 2017

In 2016 PIAC was engaged to represent the First Peoples Disability Network (Australia) (FPDN) before the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. Young Indigenous people are significantly over-represented in the child protection and … read more

Police misuse of tasers

November 24, 2016

PIAC has successfully settled civil proceedings against NSW police and Juvenile Justice NSW on behalf of a young man who was tasered by NSW Police while handcuffed and lying face-down on the ground after falling on the stairs at Blacktown … read more

Class action resolves: wrongfully imprisoned children to be compensated by NSW Police

August 4, 2015

PIAC and Maurice Blackburn, who are jointly acting in a class action on behalf of young people allegedly wrongfully arrested by police, are pleased that a settlement has been reached in the case between the parties. The settlement is subject … read more

Department of Justice award for Prisoners’ Legal Information Portal

December 11, 2014

Congratulations to everyone involved in the development of the Legal Information Portal for Prisoners, which won a ‘Working Collaboratively’ Award at the Department of Justice Staff Excellence awards ceremony on 9 December. The Legal Information Portal is an intranet … read more

CIDnAP open for referrals

June 17, 2010

The Children in Detention Advocacy Project (CIDnAP) is again open for referral. CIDnAP is a joint project between PIAC, the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH) NSW and Legal Aid NSW. It conducts litigation, policy work and advocacy relating to … read more

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