Lawyers and jurors need to know what causes people to behave the way they do.
Advocates say the recent quashing of Sally Challen's murder conviction brought attention to a hidden feature of domestic violence. But it may have also painted Challen as an unstable woman.
The government doesn't need to extend jurisdictions, or boost enforcement powers to prosecute corporations that have behaved dishonestly. The law for prosecution is there already.
A barrister may report confidential client communications to police where their client has threatened the safety of another person, but going beyond such discrete instances is ethically fraught.
Unless Lawyer X had next to no role in the defence of her clients, all the results of any trial where she represented them could be overturned. And this could mean release from prison with no retrial.
It's not so unusual that Democrats and Republicans converge on criminal justice, at least on the surface. Deep disagreements still remain.
Restorative justice allows us to uphold justice while respecting the human rights of offenders.
Victorian Opposition leader Matthew Guy said under Premier Daniel Andrews, 'Victoria has won the unenviable title as the state with the country’s highest rate of crime'. Is that right?
After a spate of sewing needles being found in strawberries, the federal government has moved quickly to tighten penalties for those who sabotage fruit. But it is unlikely to be a strong deterrent.
A recent US Supreme Court ruling marks a new milestone in the debate over police power and privacy in the digital age.
Reality TV shows depicting relationships are popular, but a tolerance of abusive behaviour is also being exposed to a wide audience – including younger viewers.
Twitter posts and messages on WhatsApp can come back to haunt you, even years later.
Cases like Daryll Rowe's are very rare, but they have the power to transform both the law and public opinion.
The Canadian government's criminal justice bill would abolish what are known as peremptory challenges. Here's why that's long overdue.
Past cases indicate that verbal crimen injuria is not that serious. But a landmark sentence in South Africa has changed that.
The charges against a Sydney man for allegedly acting as an 'economic agent' for North Korea are set against the background of recent tougher UN sanctions against the rogue nation.
There are some online child sex abuse offences in Australia for which a defendant’s claim that they were purely fantasising could excuse criminal liability.
Most Australians would agree they have a right to privacy, a right not to incriminate themselves, and a right to freedom of thought. Brain fingerprinting threatens all three.
What is a grand jury, who serves on it and what is it used for? A criminal law expert tells you everything you need to know.
Understanding laws that govern sex work can be complicated and confusing, especially because laws are not uniform globally, or even within each country.