Category Archives: Legal


We all probably know someone who has been through a divorce or property settlement.  You may have heard via the media that due to the back log, delays and costs associated with commencing any family law actions, a report was

Zero Tolerance for Commonsense Driving

As of 20 May 2019 all drink and drug driving offenders will immediately lose their licence and receive a hefty on-the-spot fine. Announced on 6 May 2019, NSW Roads Minister Andrew Constance has described it as a ‘zero-tolerance’ approach to

What low life has done this?

Okay, you can call me a tree hugger along with a lot of others who appreciate trees. Who not only respect and enjoy the beauty, peace and comfort of sheltering shady trees, or who have been awestruck standing in the

Lennard Bruce Roberts Has His Day in Court

Magistrate Franklin, sitting in the Newcastle Local Court, spent some time deliberating before sentencing  MidCoast Councillor Len Roberts, on the charges of common assault against an indigenous former Karuah Land Council employee, Zac Schmierer. Before the hearing, Mr Roberts was

Your Family and Domestic Violence

Unfortunately, domestic violence seems to be in the news, in the media, on a too regular basis.  So, what is domestic violence?  Domestic violence is any behaviour that is violent, threatening, controlling or intended to make you or your family


Cr. Len Roberts is no longer the Honorary CEO of the Karuah Aboriginal Land Council. And he’s left Newcastle Court with a tarnished reputation – another  blow to a colourful legal record, having just been found guilty of assault charges.

No Mines at Gloucester Sets A Precedent

The Rocky Hill Court Decision is a win for Australia “Dear residents of the Manning and Gloucester valleys – The Gloucester community is deeply grateful to EDO NSW staff and Barrister Robert White for their unstinting support of the Gloucester


Have you ever considered what will happen to your beloved pets when you die, whether it be your cat or dog or your pet snake . Pets are legally the property of their owner and therefore can be gifted in

Our Legal Beagle . . .

James Paton is away on leave. His Legal Matters column will return next month. Related PostsUnderstanding your Will

Councillor Len Roberts assault charges adjourned

The court Hearing of assault charges by Zac Schmierer against former Karuah Land Council Member,Cr Len Roberts, were part heard before Magistrate Caleb Franklin in the Raymond Terrace Court December 5, but the case has  been adjourned until mid December


We all have animals whether they are dogs, cats, birds or fish, reptiles or, perhaps, a pet shrimp.  Often our animals become part of our family.    Like our family members we have a duty of care in relation to


There is a lot of news happening now about Royal Commissions. The newest Royal Commission, investigating the Aged Care Industry, has copped a lot of flack recently in the media.  Elder abuse is also very topical and there are many