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Police and crime

Do you have to go to court? Have you been the victim of a crime? Find information about police powers, and how to defend yourself when charged with a crime.


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NSW legislation dealing with bail, including bail conditions and the powers to make and vary bail decisions.


NSW legislation dealing with criminal offences and penalties.

Find out about the Commonwealth spent convictions scheme, which allows an individual not to disclose certain criminal convictions in particular circumstances.
This video follows the stories of two people with cognitive disabilities as they prepare for and go to court- one as a witness and the other as defendant.

Contains commentary on five key sentencing statutes and on sentencing law for specific offence categories.


A short film for young people about criminal law and group offending. There is also a study guide which explores the film's themes, characters and legal concepts, as well as fact sheets about relevant legal topics.


Find information including how to contact or visit an inmate, community corrections, and the locations of NSW correctional centres.

Looking for more? The State Library has a wealth of legal information in its collections. Try searching our various resources to find more.

Legislation and case law

NSW legislation

Find all NSW legislation, including current and historical Acts, Regulations, Gazettes and Bills. 

NSW caselaw

Find cases from NSW courts and tribunals, including the Supreme Court, Local Court, and the Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT)


Find legislation and cases from all Australian jurisdictions.

Federal Register of Legislation

Find all Commonwealth legislation, including current and historical Acts, Legislative Instruments, Gazettes and Bills.