In Australia's busiest local court a surprising number of defendants choose to forgo a lawyer and instead represent themselves. A young driver, a homeless man and a law-abiding grandmother decide to argue against their charges without legal assistance.
Drink driving is an endemic problem around the world and in NSW alone 20,000 people are charged with the offence. Magistrates in Sydney's busiest court have minimal tolerance for drink drivers, especially for repeat offenders. This time, three drink drivers suffer the consequences of their actions.
Over half the defendants who appear in Australia's busiest local court will reoffend within 10 years. Four serial offenders tread a familiar path to the court as they appear before the Downing Centre's frustrated magistrates.
A widowed mother working as a psychic incorporates a Ouija board into her act. Soon after, her youngest daughter becomes possessed by an evil spirit that lives in the basement.
An innocent man is accused of murdering his wife and twists of fate result in the conviction of the wrong man.
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.
A simple walk in the woods for three filmmakers to shoot a documentary film on the local legend, The Blair Witch, becomes an excursion into heart-stopping terror. They were never heard from again.
Drug offences account for almost 20 percent of all cases before Australia's busiest local courts. Drug related crime has landed a housewife and a plumber before the courts on serious charges. The balance between rehabilitation and punishment is a tricky one.
When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will use any means necessary to get what she has.
Sydney's busiest local courts are home to heartbroken parents supporting errant children as they face the full weight of the law. A young man has attacked police at Mardi Gras, a budding athlete has been caught possessing ice, and a man on a second drink driving charge is read the riot act.
People from all walks of life end up in Australia's busiest local court. A drug addict, two disrespectful twentysomethings and a priest who has been charged during a protest appear before the magistrates. Before the law all are treated equally.
Sending a defendant to jail is never an easy decision for magistrates in Australia's busiest local court. Three defendants are now before them on serious charges, including a king hit and a robbery. The magistrates' judgements could change lives forever.
Mitchell, a six-year-old boy, disappears while spending the day at a lake with his family. Eleven years later, the now 17-year-old Mitchell returns and the ensuing events shake his family to the core once again.
Eddie Fleming is an ordinary man suddenly thrust into an extraordinary and precarious situation. Dramatically dragged away from the security of his home, he is stripped of his rights and subject to the brutal scrutiny of Detective Sergeant John Steele. In the hot seat and under the piercing light of police interrogation, Fleming discovers the magnitude of his dilemma - he is the only lead in a major criminal investigation and Detective Steele will stop at nothing to crack the case wide open. With time running out and questions unanswered, it is a battle of the wits and a true test of nerve that will finally float the truth to the surface of this murky well of intrigue.
A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James' sister, who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realise the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.
When Louis Drax accidentally plunges off a steep cliff on his ninth birthday it is not the first time in his short life that he has faced his own mortality. As police investigate the bizarre circumstances that have placed him in a coma, unconventional neurologist Dr Allan Pascal attempts to tap into the boy's unconscious mind. With Louis' father Peter absent, Dr Pascal is drawn close to the boy's mother Natalie as he delves into the mystery of Louis' remarkable ability to cheat death.
An inside look at the machinations of Australia's busiest local court sees Sydney's top magistrates dealing with a violent street brawl that has a surprising outcome, a long running feud between neighbours, and a father of three facing graffiti charges.
After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their vile atrocity.
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