Hamzy v Commissioner of Corrective Services NSW [2022] NSWCA 16 (23 February 2022) (Bathurst CJ, Basten and Leeming JJA)


Catchwords:


ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – judicial review – construction of regulations – validity of regulation – construction of regulation-making power – whether regulations which cut down common law rights authorised – grounds to refuse visits – application to communications with legal practitioners – Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Regulation 2014 (NSW), cl 94

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW – inconsistency – State law having discriminatory impact on ethnic group – whether inconsistent with Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), ss 9, 10; Constitution, s 109

HUMAN RIGHTS – discrimination – grounds – racial discrimination – ethnic origin – restrictions on use of language – disparate impact – prison security – extreme high risk inmate – communications with family and lawyers – Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), ss 9, 10

PRISONERS – administration – supervision of visits and telephone calls – requirement to communicate in English – validity of Regulation – Commissioner’s monitoring policy – validity of policy – application to legal visits and communication with legal representatives – prisoners’ right to lawyer of choice and access to courts – whether criminal record check authorised – power to refuse visits by legal practitioners for any other reason

STATUTORY INTERPRETATION – regulation-making power – authorising regulations limiting common law rights – sufficiency of general words – administration of prisons – rights of access to courts and legal advice – Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Regulation 2014, cll 15, 101, 116, 119