find the latest legal job
Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Highly-respected, innovative and entrepreneurial Not-for-Profit · Competency based Board
View details
Chief Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Dynamic, high growth organisation · ASX listed market leader
View details
In-house Projects Lawyer | Renewables / Solar | 2-5 Years PQE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: All Australia
· Help design the future · NASDAQ Listed
View details
Insurance Lawyer (3-5 PAE)
Category: Insurance and Superannuation Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Dynamic organisation ·
View details
Legal Counsel
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: North Sydney NSW 2060
· 18 month fixed term contract · 3-5 years PQE with TMT exposure
View details
Terminally ill Hinch faces possible jail time

Terminally ill Hinch faces possible jail time

Radio broadcaster Derryn Hinch has this week lost his High Court appeal, which challenged the constitutional validity of Victorian laws with respect to the naming of serious sex offenders.The…

Radio broadcaster Derryn Hinch has this week lost his High Court appeal, which challenged the constitutional validity of Victorian laws with respect to the naming of serious sex offenders.

The full bench of the High Court unanimously ruled against Hinch 7-0, sending him back to the Melbourne Magistrates Court for sentencing.

"I lost ... the news was as bad as it gets," Hinch stated on his website.

Hinch faces five years' jail and/or $60,000 in fines - an amount he said was "more than some real crims get".

Hinch applied to the High Court early last year to have his five charges, for the breach of suppression orders under Victoria's Serious Sex Offenders Monitoring Act, set aside.

His challenge was based on various constitutional issues, including the argument that the Victorian laws are contrary to the constitution's implied freedom of speech.

The public interest formed a major premise of his case, with Hinch arguing that the community's right to know who they are living next to should be considered in such cases.

The High Court challenge stemmed from a rally held by Hinch on the steps of Parliament three years ago as part of his "Name Them and Shame Them" campaign, supported by a petition with more than 7000 signatures.

As reported by The Australian, Hinch, who is suffering from liver cancer, was unable to attend the judgment in Canberra and told his radio listeners just one day before the decision was made that he may have as little as eight months to live as a result of his battle with cancer.

"I now go back to the Magistrates Court for sentencing," said the 67-year-old. "I intend to represent myself at that hearing. I know there is a legal saying that any man who defends himself has a fool for a client, but I am happy to take that risk.

"If I am jailed I will only ask, because of my health, that it is at a prison close to Melbourne because I am on transplant alert."

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Terminally ill Hinch faces possible jail time
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
LCA president Fiona McLeod SC
Aug 17 2017
Where social fault lines meet the justice gap in Aus
After just returning from a tour of the Northern Territory, LCA president Fiona McLeod SC speaks wit...
Marriage equality flag
Aug 17 2017
ALHR backs High Court challenge to marriage equality postal vote
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has voiced its support for a constitutional challenge to ...
Give advice
Aug 17 2017
A-G issues advice on judiciary’s public presence
Commonwealth Attorney-General George Brandis QC has offered his advice on the public presence of jud...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...