Category Archives: In My Community

In the Legal Term Nolle Prosequi, What Does Nolle Mean?

First, nolle prosequi is a Latin term that is almost exclusively used in the criminal justice system. Loosely defined, it means to decline to prosecute. So, nolle prosequi refers to a prosecutorial decision to no longer prosecute or to decline the prosecution of a pending criminal case. A tiny number of states have a procedure […]

What Happens at an Arraignment and Why? Is It Like Trial?

Arraignment is the process when a person accused of an offence is read the charge/s (the indictment) and asked to formally enter a plea, either of guilty or not guilty, to each matter charged. Arraignments in New South Wales are governed by the Criminal Procedure Act 1983. When Does An Arraignment Take Place? Arraignment only […]

Defamation law in Australia: A guide to how it works

What is defamation, and what is an example of defamation? Defamation is the publication of material which harms a person’s reputation. Under defamation law, this can include written material, pictures, or spoken statements. To succeed in an action in defamation, the plaintiff needs to prove that the material published by the defendant contained one or […]

How Do Bridging Visas Work? | Migration Law Australia |

Bridging visas in Australia are simply transitory visas which permit you to remain in Australia for a certain period of time. Generally, bridging visas follow the expiration of your current substantive visa, such as a Student Visa, while waiting for an application for another substantive visa to be processed. Bridging visas can be granted in […]

Is it Legal to Carry a Pocket Knife in Australia? What is the Law?

Australia has rather strict limitations when it comes to owning self-defense weapons. We’ve certainly got strict gun laws. But what about a small knife? Is it legal to carry a pocket knife in Australia for self-defense? In most states – including New South Wales, Victoria, Northern Territory, and South Australia – it is illegal to […]

What’s the Difference Between an Infraction, Misdemeanor, and Felony?

A misdemeanor is a less serious crime than a felony. Felonies are the most serious crimes you can commit and have long jail or prison sentences, fines, or permanent loss of freedoms. Misdemeanors usually involve jail time, smaller fines, and temporary punishments. For example, you can be slightly over the limit during a DUI stop […]

What is a Withhold of Adjudication?

Adjudication is designed to replace expensive and time-consuming methods such as courts or arbitration. We do not charge an adjudication application fee or an administration fee. The adjudicator charges a fee after the dispute is determined. Payment and adjudication in the Australian construction industry is governed by individual State and Territory legislation. Such legislation in […]