The rise of solo legal practitioners … and what that means for clients.

Local Court Solicitor

The 5th annual National Profile of Solicitors report has recently been released and it shows an interesting trend in the legal profession: Solo practitioners are on the rise. According to the report, out of the 16,393 private law practices registered across Australia, sole practitioners make up 82 per cent. One of the key drivers behind […]

Tweed Heads Drink Driving Charges

Tweed Head Local Court Lawyers

Tweed Heads – Border Town Dilemma Drink Driving Charges Tweed Heads is a picturesque border town that not only struggles with the biannual daylight savings shifts in time but residents and holidays goers are often in the dilemma of considerably different drink driving charges and convictions between NSW and Queensland. In New South Wales, it’s […]

Splendour In The Grass – Local Court Appearances

Byron Bay Lawyer - Splendour In The Grass

Byron Bay Local Court to be busy with Splendour In The Grass offences A high-visibility police operation took place at the four-day Byron Bay festival – Splendour In The Grass – with 350 drug detections and a “record ammount” of more than 3kg of illicit drugs seized, predominantly MDMA tablets and to a lesser extent […]

NEW LAWS: From 20th May 2019

drink drug driving laws NSW

Drink driving and drug driving – going to court PENALTIES FOR LOW RANGE DRINK DRIVING (s110(1) of the Road Transport Act) THESE PENALTIES APPLY UNLESS YOU TAKE THE MATTER BEFORE THE COURT where you may argue that no conviction (no loss of license and no fine) is the appropriate penalty, once the Magistrate understands (i) […]

The top 5 categories of offences in the NSW local courts, in 2017

Byron Bay Local Court Lawyer

If you have a court attendance notice for the local courts of NSW, here are some 2017 statistics that hopefully leave you feeling less-alone.  I’ve selected these 5 groups of offences because together they comprise the bulk of the work of the NSW local courts. In 2017, there were 16,418 people who faced a local […]

5 Things To Do if you’ve been charged with drink or drug driving offence

Drink Drug Driving Lawyer Help

  1. Don’t leave it too late to decide if you want the services of a lawyer A good result, in ANY court matter, is all about the preparation – and the more time you have, the better prepared you will be.  For example, you will need great references that support your submissions; and to […]

Splendour In The Grass Legal Hotline

Splendour In The Grass LEGAL HOTLINE

THE LOCAL COURT LAWYERS have a SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS legal hotline: 0413 310 008 If you’re charged with an offence at Splendour In The Grass, you’ll likely be appearing in the Byron Bay Local Court on August 21 or 22. THE LOCAL COURT LAWYERS – we are experts in all local court matters, because […]

Should Alcoholics be treated differently?

– to Recreational Drinkers in the Courts? What an odd day: in the morning we defended a guy charged with breaching an ADVO (an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order), and inflicting assault (occasioning actual bodily arm), on his partner.  That same evening I was asked to talk at a public forum hosted by AA, about ‘alcoholism […]

Transport options on the Far North Coast

Cosies, – check. SUNSCREEN, – check. Hat, towel, water bottle, – check. You’ve got some loose plans for Club counter-meals, a good feed of fresh-caught local seafood, and your favourite bevvy is in-stock at the local bottle shop… you’re all good. So, what’s missing? HOW TO GET AROUND, HASSLE FREE… UBER: yes, we’ve finally got […]

Schoolies Legal Hotline

THE LOCAL COURT LAWYERS have a SCHOOLIES legal hotline: 0413 310 008 If you’re charged with an offence at Schoolies, you’ll likely be appearing in the Tweed Heads or Byron Bay Local Court. If you’re not from here, you’ll need to plan to return to Tweed or Byron for your court date. 24/7 Schoolies Tweed/Byron […]

SCHOOLIES – How to stay out of trouble

best tips for Schoolies

I asked two police officer friends of mine: “how can Schoolies have fun but avoid the police?” Here’s what they said: 1: “Don’t fail the attitude test” (as my police friend described it). If the police approach you, just be pleasant.  They added: “the rude one’s, the one’s who are drunk and obnoxious and carry-on, […]

6 Tips on: How To Find a Good Lawyer

1: A “good lawyer” is a lawyer experienced in providing legal advice in the area of law you require, who also has a good reputation. For example, you consult a lawyer, with a good reputation and experience in family law, if you are going through a divorce.  Your search should include terms like: “family lawyer […]

Disqualified from Driving?

disqualified drivers laywer

Good news for some disqualified drivers: Changes to the law came into effect on October 28, which mean some disqualified drivers will be able to have their licenses returned to them, if they successfully apply to the local court. The changes apply to: disqualified drivers who have not had any traffic offences for two years, […]

5 Tips so Splendour In The Grass isn’t a pain in the A–!

Splendour in the Grass lawyers

If you’re going to Splendour In The Grass at Byron Bay this July, here are some tips from the Local Court Lawyers to ensure you have the best festival ever (with no regrets): 1.  Bring your GOOD VIBES: leave your bad vibes with your ex-. An alcohol and drug induced bad attitude wrecks SPLENDOUR for […]

Byron Bay local court lawyer?

Byron Bay local court Lawyer

Facing an appearance in the Byron Bay Local Court? If the bright lights you saw at SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS turned out to be red and blue…….. you may need a Byron lawyer to represent you in the Byron Bay local court. The police presence at Splendour in the Grass is renowned – particularly for drug, […]

Need a lawyer after the Byron Bluesfest?

Local court lawyer for Byron Bay Bluefest

Post-bluesfest blues, from the men and women in blue: Byron Bay BLUESFEST – It was fun until that happened……. If your holiday on the NSW north coast resulted in you spending a few quality minutes with the Police, and instead of a chocolate bunny for Easter, you got a court attendance notice, for Byron Local […]