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The Constitutional Centre of Western Australia was established to promote public awareness of our federal system of government with particular emphasis on its constitutional basis and the relationship with our State system.

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Constitutional Centre of Western Australia in conjunction with the Australian Association of Constitutional Law, the Anglo-Australasian Lawyers Society and the UWA Law Faculty's Contemporary Government & Regulation Research Hub present


A Twilight Seminar on Rizeq v The State of Western Australia


Chair: The Hon. Robert French AC (former Chief Justice of the High Court)

Peter Quinlan SC, Solicitor General of Western Australia
Rachael Young, Fourth Floor Chambers
Rachel Joseph, Francis Burt Chambers


This seminar will explore the High Court's decision in Rizeq v The State of Western Australia [2017] HCA 23. Mr Rizeq was charged with offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1981 (WA) and was convicted by a majority verdict of the jury at trial.  As he was an interstate resident, the matter was heard in federal jurisdiction. The case dealt with the question of whether, because Mr Rizeq's trial was in federal diversity jurisdiction, he was entitled to the protection of s 80 of the Commonwealth Constitution requiring unanimous jury verdicts in cases involving an offence against a law of the Commonwealth. The Court found that his trial was not subject to s 80, as despite it being in federal jurisdiction, the offences with which he was charged remained offences against the law of Western Australia and did not become offences against the law of the Commonwealth. In reaching this finding, the Court clarifies the way in which s 79 of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth), and the relationship between State laws and Commonwealth laws in federal jurisdiction, is to be understood.


When:             Wednesday, 13 September 2017  


Time:               6.00-7:15pm


Venue:             The Constitutional Law Centre of Western Australia, 40 Havelock St, West Perth   (parking is available on site)


Cost:   The seminar is free but please register to attend:

Enquiries: Lisa Belde ph:  6552 6222


CPD:   1.0 x CPD point is being sought for Anglo-Australasian Lawyers Society members only and will be administered by the Anglo-Australasian Lawyers Society