Defamation and the Internet

Project status: Complete

A preliminary investigation to clarify the issues relating to defamation on the internet. We were asked to provide preliminary advice to Government on whether the existing law causes difficulties for online publishers, internet service providers, their customers or others, with a view to informing possible further work.  

Double Jeopardy and Prosecution Appeals

Project status: Complete

A project to review the need for reform of two distinct but related rules: the rule against double jeopardy, and the rule that the Crown cannot appeal against an acquittal even if it results from an erroneous ruling by the judge.  

Easements, Covenants and Profits à Prendre

Project status: Complete

Download the report Download the report summary The problem There is a complex web of rights and obligations that link different parcels of land, and their owners, together. Three of those are easements, profits à prendre and covenants. Easements are rights enjoyed by a landowner over another person’s land. A positive easement (such as a … Read more >

Effective Prosecution of Multiple Offending

Project status: Complete

The “effective prosecution of multiple offending” project emerged from our work in Legislating the Criminal Code: Fraud and Deception. Our final report makes recommendations for changes to criminal practice and procedure to facilitate the more effective prosecution of those who have committed multiple offences. It covers offences of fraudulent trading, continuous offences (cases where there … Read more >