COVID-19 Penalty Notice FAQ’s

What happens when you are issued a COVID-19 infringement notice? When you are issued an infringement notice by the Police or any institution that is authorised to issue notices, Revenue NSW takes over the enforcement and recovery of the fines. What are my options when I am issued an infringement notice? The options to deal…


What’s New With Section 32?

The way the NSW court system deals with those found to have mental health or cognitive impairment issues has changed. The reforms aim to keep the community safe and take the victim’s needs into account while dealing with the mental health of the offender. The Mental Health and Cognitive Impairment Forensic Provisions Act 2020 came…


What Shows Up On A Police Check?

What is a National Police Check? National Police Checks, commonly known as a Criminal Record Check, is a search of a person’s criminal history to make an informed decision on an individual. They may be used to make decisions in many different situations including: recruitment and job applications volunteer and not for profit positions working…


Fourtree Lawyers Opens Newcastle office

From an acorn of an idea six years ago, Central Coast’s Fourtree Lawyers has proved true the old adage – from small things, big things grow. And to top it off, the firm celebrated the official opening of its Hunter Street, Newcastle office on November 6 2020. Opened late last year, Covid-19 delayed the much-anticipated…


COVID-19 & the NSW Courts

District Court of New South Wales COVID-19 Update 29 July 2021 The temporary suspension of new jury trials in the following Courts will continue until 28 August 2021: The Downing Centre John Maddison Tower Campbelltown Gosford Katoomba Parramatta Penrith Wollongong Prioritising hearings – bringing criminal matters forward where the defendant is in custody Practitioners are…


Going to Court – What to Do, Say & Wear

Going to Court can be a very stressful experience. Most people are quite confused about what is expected of them and what will happen on the day. Fourtree Lawyers have put together a list of some everyday court etiquette to help you get through your day in Court. Dress neatly like you would for an…


Pokemon Go (To Jail)

Going to Court is not a game The Department of Justice NSW was compelled to issue a warning this week. The Pokemon Go phenomenon will not be welcome inside any Court House in NSW. Warning – The Department of Justice NSW In a light-hearted but none the less serious press release this week, The Department…


10 Tips For Going To Court

Going to Court can be a daunting experience. We have put together “10 Tips For Going To Court” to help you understand what you will need to do on the day of your court appearance. When going to court… Don’t be late. Most Courts start at 9.30am. You should aim to be there before the…


Is Centrelink fraud a crime?

What is Centrelink fraud? Centrelink fraud involves misleading Centrelink deliberately to receive payments you are not entitled to. Defrauding Social Security is regarded as a serious offence. Penalties for Centrelink fraud may include hefty fines, criminal charges and up to ten year’s imprisonment. If you have been charged with Centrelink fraud, you will need to…


What is an AVO?

An AVO application is one of the most common matters to come before a Magistrate in the Local Court. If you need legal assistance with an AVO matter please click here. What does AVO stand for? AVO stands for Apprehended Violence Order. This is an order made by a Court restricting the defendant from certain…