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ACC and OCE examinations are conducted in complete secrecy. Witnesses
summonsed before either body are bound by a non-disclosure order, which
prohibits them from discussing the proceedings or the fact that they
were even summonsed, with anyone except their legal representatives.
Legal representatives are similarly bound by the non-disclosure orders
made by the Examiners.
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Many criminal law firms do not practise in Confiscation law because of
the nature of the commercial knowledge required in understanding the
complicated Confiscations legislation which governs this area.
Commonwealth offending often involves very large and complex briefs of
evidence which may take significant time and expertise to consider. In
one matter currently being handled by this firm, a large alleged drug
importation, where there are numerous accused, the brief of evidence
runs to more than 30 000 pages.
Where a person is objecting to their extradition, an understanding of
International law in the criminal context and a person's rights when
they are the subject of an extradition request (either to or from
Australia) is essential.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is
Australia's corporate, markets and financial services regulator. The
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has the primary
responsibility to ensure that individuals and businesses comply with the
Commonwealth competition, fair trading and consumer protection laws.
These regulators have substantial legislative powers to investigate
alleged breaches of the laws that they oversee. These breaches may give
It is important to those who are required to be represented at a
Coronial Investigation or who wish to be represented during the Inquiry
to be capably represented by advocates familiar with the jurisdiction.
Often matters may arise during a Coronial Investigation, which may have
bearing on a prospective criminal investigation and, in these
circumstances, it is imperative that those involved in proceedings are
fully advised of their rights.
Our practice ranges from misconduct proceedings to re-licensing applications before a number of professional bodies.
As specialists in so called "white collar crime", Galbally Rolfe
recognises and caters to the specific needs of the corporate client.
These include: transparency in billing ready availability of staff high levels of technological know-how partner supervision of staff the full extent of the practice's resources prompt and quality advice representation at ASIC hearings and representation at Court.
Our team possesses the skill set to discriminate between different forms
of evidence, analyse the pertinent aspects of the materials and assess
the weaknesses in otherwise difficult prosecutions. We are also in touch
with the very best forensic accountants and advisors, who assist our
firm in complicated mortgage and financial matters, to ensure that every
possible avenue for defence is explored and utilised.
To successfully challenge the allegations made by the Prosecution and to
secure the best possible outcome for our clients, Galbally Rolfe has
developed electronic data management systems for maximum access to and
cross referencing of the huge amounts of information generated by
complex criminal trials.
Most driving matters are dealt with in the Magistrates' Court and we
endeavour to have such matters dealt with as expeditiously as possible,
whilst providing quality legal representation.
In cases where our clients are, themselves, suffering from drug
addiction or substance abuse problems, we take an interpersonal
approach, matching the client with the right mental health professional
and counselling system in order to encourage rehabilitation and
facilitate an exit from the criminal justice system.
In such cases, sensitivity and experience are required to not only
vigorously defend the charges, but also to reduce the trauma and anxiety
experienced by an accused when proceeding through the criminal justice
Our firm regularly represents Respondents in Intervention Order and Apprehended Violence Order matters.
Galbally Rolfe has a robust practice in the areas of assault and violent crime. Assault charges can range from lower
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