The Federation Press

Drug Laws in New South Wales


A welcome addition to any practising criminal lawyer’s library, it provides a complete resource for practitioners by containing not only statements of principle but also extensive reference to case law, including the facts of each case, counsels’ arguments and relevant excerpts from the judgments.

This edition has evolved to include an extensive discussion of substantive law, with specialist contributors adding significantly to the text, particulary in the areas of search, seizure, investigation, drug pharmacology, drug analysis and confiscations. In addition, sentencing charts prepared by the Judicial Commission of NSW have been included. Finally the text has grown significantly due to the volume of new case law. This book is a must have for anyone working in this area.

Table of Contents

Substantive Offences

Offences and Penalties: Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985
Commonwealt Narcotics Offences
Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966

Evidence and Procedure

Hearsay Admissions
Search, Seizure and Investigation
Drug Identification from Seizure to Evidence
Confiscation of Criminal Assets



Drugs Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 - Offences/Jurisdiction Penalties (for offences before 21 August 1988)
Drugs Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 - Offences/Jurisdiction Penalties (for offences on or after 21 August 1988)
Sentencing Patterns for Drug Offences

Table of Cases
Table of Statutes

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