First Time as Court Defendant

Melbourne Magistrates' Court

Melbourne Magistrates’ Court (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Have you ever been sued and served a subpoena? If not, this is how it feels

Being charged by police and attending court for the first time

‘It can be a very anxious and confusing experience. Having an experienced and understanding criminal lawyer by your side can make a huge difference to this.


‘The following explanation and tips are to help you understand how the court process works, so that your first day in court is less daunting. This applies to Magistrates Court’s in Melbourne and Victoria…’

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False confessions and law enforcement interrogations: Research findings

‘The topic of false confessions has again come into the public eye as the University of Michigan and Northwestern University law schools continue to compile data as part of the new National Registry of Exonerations. Scholars with that project note in a 2013 report: “For homicide exonerations, the leading cause of false conviction is perjury or false accusations, mostly deliberate misidentifications. Homicide cases also include a high rate of official misconduct, and 74% of all false confessions in the database.”


‘As the Wall Street Journal noted in a Sept. 8, 2013 report, National Registry of Exonerations statistics suggest that young people in particular are more prone to admitting guilt for crimes they did not commit…’

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How To Put House Rule Breaking Commenters In The Naughty Corner

‘Out of the box, WordPress only offers two options for offending comments: leave them up or trash them. Wouldn’t it better to follow sites like the BBC and the Guardian and be able to tag comments as having broken the house rules and just replace the text with a suitable message?


‘In this article, we’ll walk through the updates needed to add this functionality to a WordPress site and leave commenters in no doubt as to when they’ve broken the rules…’



Where and how to engage with readers

‘Debates over commenting culture and how to manage it took center stage last week. The New York Times had an in-depth look at innovations in commenting just as Gawker was set to announce updates to its Kinja community platform. Then Popular Science announced they would be shutting down its comments section. The magazine said comments were out of control and detrimental to their mission, and Mathew Ingram gathered a milieu of responses from across the web, arguing that even noxious comments do more good than harm.


‘Where and how to engage with readers is a hot topic. But for Joanna Geary, departing community editor at The Guardian, it’s not a question of platform – it’s a question of behavior. Geary has been trying to engage with readers since she sent her first, hopeful tweet in 2007:…’






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