Recent Cases

Quinn v Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions [2021] NSWCA 294 (03 December 2021) (Leeming JA, Simpson AJA and Johnson J)


JUDICIAL REVIEW – jurisdictional error – applicant pleaded guilty to three offences including using carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence – applicant sentenced on basis of agreed facts – Local Court imposed full-time custodial sentence – District Court allowed appeal imposing a lesser full-time custodial sentence – whether District Court fell into jurisdictional error when rejecting submission that sentence be served by intensive correction order – significance of community safety being paramount consideration – significance of requirement to consider whether intensive correction order more likely to address risk of reoffending – part of reasoning in Wany v Director of Public Prosecutions (2020) 103 NSWLR 620; [2020] NSWCA 318 disapproved – error in agreed facts concerning number of text messages giving rise to carriage service offence – agreed facts stated applicant had sent 24,459 text messages – in fact applicant had sent 11,204 messages – whether factual error gave rise to jurisdictional error – no jurisdictional error established and summons dismissed