Public interest cases

In addition to advice sessions and an ongoing file load, the UNLC and other School academic staff have taken on a number of major cases which have had significant public interest value and in which students have played an important role. Some examples include:

Reinvestigation needed
A reinvestigation by the New South Wales Crimes Commission of a case involving the murder of a Newcastle teenager in 1989 was carried out following a 300 page submission from the UNLC. The submission identified failures in police methodologies and investigatory procedures. The matter was subsequently referred to the NSW Police Integrity Commission.

Opening up cold cases
Following extensive submissions to the Minister for Police, a major reinvestigation of a number of Hunter Missing Persons cases was carried out.

UNLC recommends body be exhumed
Following a review of a Coronial Inquiry and Royal Commission into the death of an indigenous man, the NSW State Coroner accepted a UNLC recommendation that his remains be exhumed for the purpose of determining if relevant post-mortem procedures had been performed and to identify any injuries not observed at the original post-mortem.

Bondi Beach shooting
A case involving the shooting of a person by Police on Bondi Beach attracted national interest. The UNLC represented the partner of the deceased person at the Coronial inquest.

Representing the family of Cornelia Rau
The UNLC represented the family of Cornelia Rau at the inquiry into her wrongful detention at a Queensland prison and then at the Baxter Detention Centre.

Indigenous person denied entry
The UNLC acted in an anti-discrimination case which was brought by eight indigenous persons who had been denied entry and service at a hotel in Newcastle. The NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal found that the exclusion of the persons was a deliberate policy to exclude Aboriginal people from entering the premises and was in breach of the race discrimination provisions of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act.