• Publication Date: April 28, 2014
  • EAN: 9781862877320
  • 672 pages; 6" x 8⅝"
Filed Under: Drugs and the Law

Zahra and Arden’s Drug Laws in New South Wales


Product Description

Judge Peter Zahra SC is joined in authorship of this renowned, comprehensive book by Courtney Young, solicitor and lecturer at UNSW where she was the University Medallist in Law.

The new edition is broken down into three parts. The first, Substantive Offences, has four chapters: Offences and Penalties – Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985; Conspiracy; Commonwealth Narcotic offences; and Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966. The second, Evidence and Procedure, has three chapters: Hearsay Admissions; Search, Seizure and Investigation; and Evidentiary Issues. Finally, there is a chapter on Sentencing.


Offences and Penalties: Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW)
Commonwealth Narcotic Offences
Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 (NSW)


Hearsay Admissions
Search, Seizure and Investigation
Evidentiary Issues in Drug Prosecutions



This book, which is now in its third edition, is a very comprehensive account of all the issues that may arise in a drug matter. The book is appropriately divided into three main sections and it is very easy to find what you are looking for. Part A is entitled ‘Substantive offences’ and includes all the main laws in relation to drug matters including Commonwealth drug matters. Part B is entitled ‘Evidence and Procedure’ and includes all the main evidentiary issues that may apply more often in drug matters. Part C is entitled ‘Sentencing’ and of course deals with the NSW and Commonwealth laws in relation to sentencing in drug matters. … This is one of the best books in relation to drug matters, which every criminal law practitioner should have. Read review… – Caroline Dobraszcyk, Bar News, NSW Bar Association, Summer 2016

Importantly, the book as a whole is a very detailed, useful and practical tool for practitioners. Its utility is not restricted to those who only work in New South Wales but ranges much more broadly. It deals with very complex statutory and case law by breaking it down into easily understandable and readable principles. This is a text that is an excellent tool for any advocate to use. In essence, it is a practical guide to drug laws in New South Wales and would be an asset to any practitioner’s library. Read full review… – James McNab, Hearsay, October 2014

Reviews of previous editions:

The reader has in one volume the solutions to any problems which might emerge in the course of the conduct of a drug matter, without the need for recourse to further resources. The authors write with the authority of the ‘cutting edge’. This is a book for practitioners. … It deals masterfully yet concisely with complex issues. – Australian Law Librarian

[T]his is an excellent and innovative work. … all that an advocate needs to deal adequately with the law – substantive and procedural – arising in the course of a prosecution. – Legal Service Bulletin

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