The Role of Prosecution and Defence INTERVIEW WITH KARA SHEAD SC

By Hallie Warnock

Last year I was fortunate enough to interview Kara Shead SC who is currently a Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions. Aside from working in prosecution-related roles for over 20 years, Kara Shead SC also was a Deputy Senior Public Defender. As a result she has gained valuable insight from working for both prosecution and defence – some of which she shared for the interview.

HW: Can you start off by telling us a bit about yourself and your career in criminal law? Continue reading “The Role of Prosecution and Defence INTERVIEW WITH KARA SHEAD SC”

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Time limits on the ODPP electing to prosecute table offences on indictment

By Christopher Parkin

How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?’

Dr Seuss

Elections to proceed on indictment, rather than summarily, happen in the Local Court every day. But it is little known and rarely appreciated that if the Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW) (“DPP”) wishes to elect, that election must take place within a limited time. Continue reading “Time limits on the ODPP electing to prosecute table offences on indictment”

Interview with Chrissa Loukas SC: on being a public defender, robust and upright advocacy, and the importance of a fair criminal justice system

By Hallie Warnock

In the article “Defending the Unpopular”,[1] Abbe Smith, professor of law at Georgetown University, discusses the importance of the right to legal representation, no matter what the crime. Through comparing experiences in the United States and Australia, Smith explores the negativity surrounding advocacy in the criminal justice system. Ultimately, Smith finds that Australia’s primary duty to the court, in conjunction with the ‘cab rank’ rule, creates a fairer legal environment for the accused than exists in the U.S. Continue reading “Interview with Chrissa Loukas SC: on being a public defender, robust and upright advocacy, and the importance of a fair criminal justice system”