Crown Solicitor's Office

Legal alerts, presentations and papers

These resources are provided for general information only. They are not intended to provide full reports of the matters addressed or to constitute legal advice by the Crown Solicitor. Information is current as at original publication date.


Administrative Law Quarterly: December 2023

Fact sheet: Public interest immunity. 20 October 2023.

Fact sheet: Government sector finance. 20 October 2023.

Regulatory & Environment Insights: Jurisdictional error in prosecutions: A pathway to the High Court (Stanley v Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW) & Anor [2023] HCA 3). 3 October 2023.

Administrative Law Quarterly: September 2023.

Regulatory & Environment Insights: PINs or Summonses - is parity an issue? (Grant Barnes, Chief Regulatory Officer, Natural Resources Access Regulator v Salvestro [2023] NSWLEC 34). 25 July 2023.

Administrative Law Quarterly: June 2023.

Regulatory & Environment Insights: Community safety: considerations when imposing an ICO (Stanley v Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW) & Anor [2023] HCA 3). 20 June 2023.

Administrative Law Quarterly: March 2023.


Administrative Law Quarterly: December 2022.

Regulatory & Environment Insights: Stop in the name of privacy: the legitimate purpose of prohibitions on surveillance (Farm Transparency International Ltd v New South Wales [2022] HCA 23). 28 October 2022.

Administrative Law Quarterly: September 2022.

Regulatory & Environment Insights: 'In my expert opinion': Admissibility of evidence in the Land and Environment Court' (Secretary, Department of Planning and Environment v Namoi Valley Farms Pty Ltd (No 6) [2022] NSWLEC 62). 3 August 2022.

Regulatory & Environment Insights: When reading is not enough: Admissibility of expert evidence (AJ v R [2022] NSWCCA 136). 3 August 2022.

Administrative Law Quarterly: June 2022.

Administrative Law Quarterly: March 2022.

Legal alert: Employee or independent contractor status is a matter of contractual construction(Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union v Personnel Contracting Pty Ltd [2022] HCA 1; ZG Operations Australia Pty Ltd v Jamsek [2022] HCA 2). 4 March 2022.

Regulatory & Environment Insights: Know your limits: Maximum penalties and jurisdictional limits (Park v The Queen [2021] HCA 37). 10 February 2022.


Regulatory & Environment Insights: To punish or to compensate: the role of costs in sentencing (SafeWork NSW v Williams Timber P/L; & Easy Fall Guttering P/L [2021] NSWCCA 233). 21 December 2021. Access publication.

Legal Alert: Procurement update and a further reform to facilitate electronic deeds. 20 December 2021. Access publication.

Administrative Law Quarterly: 17 December 2021. Access publication

Legal Alert: Consultation is essential to a successful COVID-19 vaccine mandate (CFMMEU & Matthew  Howard v Mt Arthur Coal Pty Ltd T/A Mt Arthur Coal [2021] FWCFB 6059). 14 December 2021. Access publication

Regulatory & Environment Insights: When self-incriminating evidence can be used: the limits of the accusatorial principle (Turnbull v Office of Environment and Heritage [2021] NSWCCA 190. 1 October 2021. Access publication.

Regulatory & Environment Insights: 'Clear the site, but...' vicarious liability for actions of an independent contractor (Chia v Ku-ring-gai Council [2021] NSWCCA 189). 1 October 2021. Access publication

Regulatory & Environment Insights: Similar, but different: The parity principle and sentencing related offenders (Li v R [2021] NSWCCA 75). 8 June 2021. Access publication

Legal Alert: NSW Government Intellectual Property Framework 2020. 19 May 2021. Access publication.

Regulatory & Environment Insights: A finding of guilt only: Section 10(1)(a) dismissals for environmental offences. 27 April 2021. Access publication.

Regulatory & Environment Insights: Letting go of bad blood? Assessing probative value under s. 138, Evidence Act (R v Riley [2020] NSWCCA 283). 8 March 2021. Access publication.

Legal Alert: Worth the wait? Native title legislation reform package passed - Native Title Legislation Amendment Bill 2021. 4 February 2021. Access publication


Regulatory & Environment Insights: Mind your mens rea! When is state of mind relevant in crimes of strict liability? (Chahoud v Penrith City Council). 18 December 2020. Read onlineDownload publication (PDF, 132.3 KB).

Regulatory & Environment Insights: Through muddy waters: clarity on the question of duplicity in charging for environmental offences (Kiangatha Holdings Pty Ltd v Water NSW). 26 October 2020. Read online. Download publication (PDF, 112.0 KB).

Regulatory & Environment Insights: You can't ask that! Submitting questions of law to the court of criminal appeal under s. 5AE of the Criminal Appeal Act 1912(Orr v Cobar Management Pty Limited). 7 September 2020. Read onlineDownload publication (PDF, 132.5 KB).

Regulatory & Environment Insights: “I did it, but...": a prosecutor's obligation to tender mixed statements (Nguyen v The Queen). 3 July 2020. Read onlineDownload publication (PDF, 172.4 KB).

Case Note: Compelling an employee to give evidence in an inquest when their employer is subject to a related criminal prosecution25 June 2020. Read onlineDownload publication (PDF, 189.3 KB)).

Legal Alert: Charitable trusts: NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades donations fund. 26 May 2020. Read onlineDownload publication (PDF, 227.5 KB).

Legal Alert: Commercial transactions: further reforms to facilitate the creation and signing of documents electronically. 21 May 2020. Read onlineDownload publication (PDF, 240.2 KB).

Legal Alert: COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures - Miscellaneous) Bill 2020 (NSW). 19 May 2020. Read onlineDownload publication (PDF, 300.1 KB).

Legal Alert: COVID-19 legislation: amendments to the Interpretation Act 1987 to allow modification of statutory time periods. 15 May 2020. Read online. Download publication (PDF, 274.4 KB).

Legal Alert: COVID-19 legislation: new regulation provides for witnessing court documents, including affidavits, by audio visual link23 April 2020. Read online. Download publication (PDF, 349.2 KB) .

Legal Alert: COVID-19 legislation: signing court documents, including affidavits, during the COVID-19 pandemic. 8 April 2020. Read onlineDownload publication (PDF, 347.3 KB).

Legal Alert: Public health orders: restrictions on gathering and movement and mandatory quarantine at designated facilities31 March 2020. Read onlineDownload publication (PDF, 288.5 KB).

Legal Alert: Commercial transactions: force majeure and COVID-19. 31 March 2020. Read onlineDownload publication (PDF, 315.2 KB).

Legal Alert: Amendments to the Government Sector Employment (General) Rules 2014 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 31 March 2020. Read onlineDownload publication (PDF, 247.6 KB).

Legal Alert: COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Act 2020. 26 March 2020. Read onlineDownload publication (PDF, 274.7 KB)

Legal Alert: Commercial transactions: signing documents remotely and reforms to facilitate document execution under specified acts. 25 March 2020. Read onlineDownload publication (PDF, 292.0 KB).

Seminar: Professional skills for advisors. 13 March 2020. Download seminar slides (PDF, 1.2 MB)Watch video recording (online).

  • 'Drafting for government agencies', Amalia Stanizzo
  • 'Practical tips for statutory interpretation', Michael Granziera

Seminar: Government contracting and compulsory acquisitions. 13 March 2020. Download seminar slides (PDF, 2.9 MB)Watch video recording (online).

  • 'Government contracting in a procurement context', Felicity Shaw
  • 'Public finance and government contracting', Michael Granziera
  • 'Digging deep with underground acquisitions', Jodi Denehy and James Innes

Seminar: Digging deep with underground acquisitions. 13 March 2020. Download seminar slides (PDF, 1.6 MB)Watch video recording (online).


Seminar: Sentencing in the local court16 October 2019. Download seminar slides (PDF, 761.3 KB). Watch video recording (online)Listen to audio recording (MP3).

Legal Alert: Government procurement: new enforceable procurement provisions to regulate NSW Government agency procurement. 23 September 2019. Read onlineDownload publication (PDF, 271.0 KB).

Legal Alert: Significant High Court native title compensation decision: what Timber Creek means for NSW Government projects. 15 March 2019. Read onlineDownload publication (PDF, 212.1 KB).

Seminar: Property law and native title. 13 March 2019. Download seminar slides (PDF, 1.5 MB)Listen to audio recording (MP3).

  • 'Things you need to know about Aboriginal land and native title', Louise Darcy
  • 'Things you need to know about compulsory acquisition procedures', Paul Rankins

Paper: Getting it right before the deal is done, Paul Rankins. 13 March 2019. Download publication (PDF, 142.0 KB).

Paper: Compulsory acquisitions: things you need to know about Aboriginal land claims and native title, Louise Darcy, Sylvia Hart and Caitlin Fegan. 13 March 2019. Download publication (PDF, 273.0 KB).


Paper: Applications for serious crime prevention orders, Brett Thomson. 17 October 2018. Download publication (PDF, 230.2 KB).


Paper: A hypothetical inquest into the death of Jo Jackson. 25 October 2017. Download publication (PDF, 178.8 KB).

Seminar: Criminal law. 26 April 2017. Download seminar slides (PDF, 987.4 KB).

  • 'Recent developments in appellate criminal cases', Catherine Follent
  • 'High risk offenders - public protection and personal rehabilitation', Brett Thomson

Paper: In case you missed it: significant recent developments in criminal case law, Catherine Follent and Ann Bonnor. 26 April 2017. Download publication (PDF, 163.6 KB).

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