Paul O’Connor

  Paul O’Connor was born, raised and educated in Grafton leaving only to complete his Tertiary studies. After completing his HSC at Grafton High School in 1980 Paul studied at the University of New South Wales in Sydney graduating with both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Laws before completing practical legal training […]

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Peter James

PETER has conducted litigation in the NSW Supreme, District and Local Courts as well as before the Administrative Decisions Tribunal, Consumer Trader & Tenancy Tribunal (Home Building Division) and Industrial Tribunals. As a country practitioner Peter is also highly experienced in preparing Wills and advising on Will disputes.  His practice includes estate planning, probate applications […]

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Petra Munro

Petra Munro moved to Grafton in 1970 and attended Grafton Primary and High Schools and then Grafton TAFE College where she undertook the Day Secretarial Course. Petra is our highly experienced and well respected Conveyancing Manager. She commenced working at MJO Legal, as a legal secretary to Peter James, in 1978 when the firm was […]

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Court: Local Court Appearance

So far we have been arrested, charged with an offence, have been granted bail, and now your Court date is approaching. If you haven’t already done so, now is a very good time to get some legal advice. If you are eligible for Legal Aid, there will be a duty lawyer present at Court on […]

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Court: Pleading Guilty in Local Court

So far you have been arrested, charged, granted bail, turned up at Court, found the duty lawyer, and now we are entering a plea of guilty. You will be sitting behind your lawyer, and the lawyer will announce your matter “If it may please the court, may I mention number XX in the charge list, […]

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Mitigating Plea

In the last article we entered a plea of guilty to the Magistrate, the facts have been handed up along with your criminal record, and the Magistrate is now asking for your submissions on sentence. This is when a lawyer earns his pay. A mitigating plea can make a substantial difference to the penalty handed […]

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Guilty or Not (Part 2)

This article will discuss part two of deciding whether to plead guilty or not guilty. Just a quick side note, forget the word innocent. You are not known as being “innocent”, you are “not guilty”. There is a difference, and the word is hardly used in courtrooms any more. Each offence has elements. They represent […]

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