Legal Assessment- Alcohol and Violence By: Hatem, A and Ziad
The topic of law reform is beyond just the definition of changing the law, however it is the process in which the law is modified and shaped over time to better reflect the changing social and cultural values that we deem are important. The law cannot stay the same, as the primary function of the legal system is to respond to the changing social values and hence why law reform is still relevant to our society. The overall importance of law reform can be perceived with the aim of enhancing justice and fairness through the introduction of new legislations. The topic of Alcohol and violence has been taking seriously by the NSW legal system, with the introduction of several new legislations the total extent in which the law has reformed regarding alcohol and violence is significant.
One hit-punches also known as King hits has prompted the NSW legal system to re-adjust the current laws covering these type of punches. The dangerous nature of King hits has resulted in the increase of deaths within our society and as result of this has created a negative image of the typical Australian tradition of hanging out in the pub with a few mates watching the footy. Due to the time consuming nature of making new legislations, lawmakers will find it difficult to make new laws dealing with one punch hits swiftly enough and therefore not effectively stopping these acts. The failure of existing law in dealing with one punch hits has been a major catalyst in prompting the NSW legal system to reassess their current laws. The media will often bring to light the events related to one punch hits. Considering that the media is a powerful toll in reaching out to people it can heavily influence the public choices and perspectives about the subject, the media can also generate public interest or outrage about a case which can pressure the governments to act on a new legislation. The emergence of new technologies has also created the need for reform in this topic. One punch hit events can now easily be recorded and uploaded to social media with a few clicks therefore bringing it to the public’s attention and forcing the legal system to make new legislations. The Thomas Kelly case proved how dangerous King hits can be, Thomas Kelly was randomly punched by a drunk person while walking with his girlfriend in kings cross 2012, he died 2 days after being hit. The Thomas Kelly case which brought large media attention further propelled the need for new legislations dealing with the perpetrators of king hits. Kieran Loveridge the perpetrator of the act was sentenced to 10 years and 2 months in prison.
The media plays a critical role in reporting major events currently happening in our society, it also reports on major inconsistences present in our legal system. The media can play a forward role in bringing changes to the law, the main impact of media on society is the fact that it can heavily change and influence the...