How to navigate the Commonwealth criminal law
by Lizzie McLaughlin
This paper was presented to local criminal law practitioners at Legal Aid (Newcastle) in March 2015 and aims to provide a simple outline of the key issues and features of commonwealth criminal law.
It provides a brief outline of the constitutional derivation and legislative structure of the jurisdiction, identifies the features of a ‘Code’ jurisdiction particularly when it comes to identifying the elements of an offence, and outlines some of the key features of sentencing.
And please note – the section in the title is a work of fiction!
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