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Drug Laws in New South Wales

3rd Edition

By Peter Zahra, Courtney Young

Federation Press

672 pages

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Judge Peter Zahra SC is joined in authorship of this renowned, comprehensive book by Courtney Young, solicitor and lecturer at UNSW where she was the University Medallist in Law.

The new edition is broken down into three parts. The first, Substantive Offences, has four chapters: Offences and Penalties – Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985; Conspiracy; Commonwealth Narcotic offences; and Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966. The second, Evidence and Procedure, has three chapters: Hearsay Admissions; Search, Seizure and Investigation; and Evidentiary Issues. Finally, there is a chapter on Sentencing.


Reviews of previous editions:

The reader has in one volume the solutions to any problems which might emerge in the course of the conduct of a drug matter, without the need for recourse to further resources. The authors write with the authority of the ‘cutting edge’. This is a book for practitioners. … It deals masterfully yet concisely with complex issues. Australian Law Librarian

[T]his is an excellent and innovative work. … all that an advocate needs to deal adequately with the law – substantive and procedural – arising in the course of a prosecution. Legal Service Bulletin

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About the Authors

Courtney Young lectures in criminal law and criminology at the University of New South Wales.

She completed her BA LLB at UNSW, where she attained first class honours, was chosen valedictorian and was awarded the University Medal in Law. She was Associate to Her Honour Judge Flannery SC in the District Court, NSW.

Courtney practices as a criminal defence lawyer in a private firm in rural NSW. She is the Research Associate on the Australian Research Council funded Australian Justice Reinvestment Project. She lectures in both substantive criminal law and criminal justice.

More recently her research interests have focused on drug law, bail compliance for young people and criminal justice issues in rural New South Wales.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology