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NSW News - 12.08.2020

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Queensland border to close to NSW and ACT

Problems with the border closures are continuing, with families who have shared care across the border apparently being required to use air travel to enter the State, the child must be accompanied by a parent, and the child and parent must go into quarantine in a hotel at their cost.

This will presumably mean in practice that children will simply be relegated to one side of the border or the other. This is problematic because parents will be scared to hand over children, even after the borders re-open, in fear the border might close again while the child is with the other parent.

Read more about the current border restrictions here.


New court websites

It seems that NSW lawyers will be blessed with new websites for all courts and tribunals in the State this month. Among the upgraded websites are Courts and Tribunal Services (including Jury Services), Local Court, District Court, Children’s Court, Coroners Court, Drug Court, Dust Diseases Tribunal, NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) and Uniform Civil Procedures Rules (UCPR). Website upgrades for the Supreme Court, Land and Environment Court and NSW Industrial Relations Commission are also nearing completion. You can read more about that here.

It is probably wise to make sure that you have your user names and passwords recorded somewhere, in case the new sites don't accept or interact with the passwords automatically saved on your computer.


Actor Dan Wyllie charged with DV offences

Dan Wyllie has been arrested at Waverley Police Station and charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault against his wife (Shannon Murphy). He did not physically appear in court due to COVID restrictions, his lawyer told Magistrate Jane Mottley that he is pleading not guilty.

You can read more about that here.


Defamation changes pass through upper house

The defamation changes mooted by CAG a few weeks ago have now passed the upper house in NSW, with other states set to follow. In the second tranche they will apparently deal with the liability of online publishers like Facebook, though there is no word yet on when the legislation will deal with the apparent responsibility of individuals for the things that other people post on their page or group. You can read more about that here.


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