Your "right to remain silence" at risk! An attack on our fundamental rights.

Under laws to be introduced in October, the NSW state government proposes to pass legislation that will impact our right to remain silent. The presumption of innocence is to be effectively reversed.

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1. Terms and Conditions of Use
This Website (“the Website”) is owned and its contents is published by Van Houten Law (ABN 43 120 380 010 (“Van Houten”). Van Houten provides access to the Website subject to the terms set out below. 
By using this website and in consideration of us providing you with access to this website, you agree to the following Terms and Conditions of Use. We may change the Terms and Conditions of Use without notice. A version of the current Terms and Conditions of Use will be available on this website as they are changed. By continuing to use this website you accept the Terms and Conditions of Use as they apply from time to time.

For an explanation of the practices and policies of Van Houten relating to the collection, use and storage of information of users of the Website, users should refer to the Privacy Policy and Disclosure Statement of Van Houten on this website, a copy of which can be found by following this link: Privacy Policy and Disclosure Statement.


  • 2. Definitions and Interpretation

The following definitions apply:

Account means collectively the personal information, Payment Information and credentials used by Users to access Paid Content and / or any communications System on the Website;

Van Houten means Van Houten Law (ABN 43 120 380 010), office address at Alfred Park Chambers, Suite 9, Level 2, 370-376 Church Street, Parramatta NSW 2150;

Content means any text, graphics, images, audio, video, software, data compilations and any other form of information capable of being stored in a computer that appears on or forms part of this Website;

Service means collectively any online facilities, tools, services or information that Van Houten makes available through the Website either now or in the future;

System means any online communications infrastructure that Van Houten makes available through the Website either now or in the future.  This includes, but is not limited to, web-based email, message boards, live chat facilities and email links;

User / Users means any third party that accesses the Website and is not employed by Van Houten and acting in the course of their employment; and

Website means the website that you are currently using ( and any sub-domains of this site unless expressly excluded by their own terms and conditions.


  • 3. Intellectual Property

All Content included on the Website, including, but not limited to, text, graphics, logos, icons, images, sound clips, video clips, data compilations, page layout, underlying code and software is the property of Van Houten, our affiliates or other relevant third parties or is being used by Van Houten with permission by the relevant owner.  By continuing to use the Website you acknowledge that such material is protected by applicable Australian and International intellectual property and other laws.

You must not reproduce, copy, distribute, store in a retrieval system, transmit or in any other fashion re-use material from the Website unless otherwise indicated on the Website or unless given express written permission to do so by Van Houten. You must not remove any copyright or other proprietary notice from any material you download from the Website.

Any unauthorised use of material displayed on the Website may breach copyright laws, trade mark laws, privacy laws and other laws.


  • Links to Other Websites

For convenience, the Website may contain links to, or display content from, third party websites (“Third Party Content”). Van Houten makes no warranties or representations regarding the quality, accuracy or completeness of the Third Party Website or that Third Party Content does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any person.

Van Houten is not authorising the reproduction of Third Party Content by linking to or framing third party websites. Links are provided for your convenience only. Van Houten does not endorse or approve Third Party Content or the conduct of third party websites. Accessing links to third party websites and use of, or reliance upon, Third Party Content are solely at your own risk. Van Houten accepts no responsibility and will not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever suffered as a result of accessing, use of, or reliance upon Third Party Content. Unless expressly stated, these sites are not under the control of Van Houten or that of our affiliates. We assume no responsibility for the content and functionality of such Websites and disclaim liability for any and all forms of loss or damage arising out of the use of them.  The inclusion of a link to another site on this Website does not imply any endorsement of the sites themselves, those in control of them or of any information, goods or services referred to.


  • 4. Links to this Website

Linking to this Website requires the express permission of Van Houten. To find out more please contact us by email at


  • 5. Use of Communications Facilities and Information you supply

When using the enquiry form or any other System on the Website you agree that you will do so in accordance with the following terms and conditions:

      - Any information, concepts or other material submitted while visiting the Website will become the property of Van Houten;


      - In submitting material, you warrant to Van Houten that the material does not infringe the rights of any third party in that material. Van Houten assume no responsibility or liability which may arise from the posting or transmission or any unlawful information or material;


      - Van Houten does not want to receive confidential or proprietary information from you through the Website. All information or material you send to Van Houten will be deemed not to be confidential. You grant Van Houten an unrestricted, irrevocable licence to use, reproduce, display, perform, modify, transmit and distribute that information or material for any purpose;


      - You must not use obscene or vulgar language;


      - You must not submit Content that is unlawful or otherwise objectionable.  This includes, but is not limited to, Content that is abusive, threatening, harassing, defamatory, ageist, sexist or racist;


      - You must not submit Content that is intended to promote or incite violence;


      - All information which you submit must be in the English language as we may be unable to respond to enquiries submitted in any other languages;


      - The means by which you identify yourself must not violate these terms of use or any applicable laws;


      - You must not impersonate other people, particularly employees and representatives of Van Houten or our affiliates;


      - You must not use our System for unauthorised mass-communication such as “spam” or “junk mail”; and


      - You acknowledge that Van Houten reserves the right to monitor any and all communications made to us or using our System but is under no obligation to do so.

  • 6. Privacy

Use of the Website is also governed by our Privacy Policy and Disclosure Statement which is incorporated into these terms and conditions by this reference.  To view the Privacy Policy and Disclosure Statement, please click on the link above.


  • 7. Disclaimer of Liability

Information on this website may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Van Houten makes no warranty or representation regarding the accuracy or completeness of information of the Website, that the Website will meet your requirements, regarding the accuracy and complete of information that it will be of satisfactory quality, that it will be fit for a particular purpose, that it will not infringe the rights of third parties, that it will be compatible with all systems, that it will be secure and that all information provided will be accurate and that it will be free of technical errors and viruses. Van Houten makes no warranty of any specific results from the use of our Services.

No part of this Website is intended to constitute legal advice and the Content of this Website should not be relied upon when making any decisions or taking any action of any kind. You agree that you use this Website at your own risk. You should consult a lawyer for individual advice regarding your circumstances.


  • 8. Availability of the Website

The Service is provided “as is” and on an “as available” basis.  We give no warranty that the Service will be free of defects and / or faults and/or viruses. To the maximum extent permitted by the law we provide no warranties (express or implied) of fitness for a particular purpose, accuracy of information, compatibility and satisfactory quality.

Van Houten accepts no liability for any disruption or non-availability of the Website resulting from external causes including, but not limited to, virus infection ISP equipment failure, host equipment failure, communications network failure, power failure, natural events, acts of war or legal restrictions and censorship.


  • 9. Limitation of Liability

To the maximum extent permitted by law, Van Houten accepts no liability for any direct or indirect loss or damage, foreseeable or otherwise, including any indirect, consequential, special or exemplary damages arising from the use of the Website or any information contained therein. This includes, but is not limited to the transmission of any computer virus. Users should be aware that they use the Website and its Content at their own risk and should take appropriate action.


  • 10. Indemnity

You agree to indemnify Van Houten against any claims, losses, liabilities, damages and expenses (including legal fees), arising out of your use of this site.


  • 11. Previous Terms and Conditions

In the event of any conflict between these Terms and Conditions and any prior versions thereof, the provisions of these Terms and Conditions shall prevail unless it is expressly stated otherwise.


  • 12. Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of New South Wales. You irrevocably and unconditionally submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of New South Wales, Australia and all courts of appeal from them, for determining any dispute concerning these terms and conditions. If any provision of these terms and conditions are found to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of law, such invalidity or unenforceability will not affect the remainder of the terms and conditions, which will continue in full force and effect.


  • 13. Further Information

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