Louise Hall

Louise Hall

Louise Hall is a Court Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Black Christmas bushfire victim pleas for mercy on mammoth legal bill

Louise Hall An elderly man who lost his case for compensation following the 2001 Black Christmas bushfires has made an impassioned plea to Premier Mike Baird to be spared his share of a $6.5 million legal bill.

Bail for gang rape accused Hassan Kugor

Louise Hall A Sudanese man accused of luring a 16-year-old girl to a stairwell where she was gang raped by six men has been granted bail in the Supreme Court.

Horror crash leaves three dead, young boy critical


Louise Hall Three people have died and a child was in a critical condition after a car veered off a Central Coast road and hit a tree on Sunday.

Family sues Genea over Fragile X test

A new antibiotic offers hope against drug-resistant bacteria.

Louise Hall The heartbroken couple of two disabled young boys are suing prominent fertility specialists Genea after the mother wrongly came to believe she did not carry the Fragile X gene mutation.

Sydney siege: UK experts to investigate police management of Martin Place siege

The State Coroner Michael Barnes asked the office of the Chief Coroner of England and Wales to identify experts in British police forces to help in the review of the Lindt cafe siege.

Louise Hall, Paul Bibby British police with experience in siege management will work with Queensland officers to review the way NSW Police handled the Lindt cafe siege, and in particular the strategy to wait it out rather...

Sydney siege inquest aims to replace speculation with facts

Sydney siege hostage John O'Brien at the NSW Coroner's Court on Thursday for the inquest.

Louise Hall and Rose Powell In the hours, days and weeks after the deadly attack on the Lindt cafe, speculation and recriminations flowed as the details of the hostages' 17-hour ordeal emerged.

What the Martin Place Lindt cafe siege investigation will look at

Man Haron Monis.

Louise Hall A joint NSW-Commonwealth review is due to report within days.

Man Haron Monis executed Tori Johnson with shot to the head, inquest hears

Man Haron Monis outside the Downing Centre courts in 2010.

Louise Hall, Paul Bibby Gunman Man Haron Monis forced Lindt cafe manager Tori Johnson to kneel before shooting him once in the back of the head, an inquest has heard.

Man Haron Monis ordered chocolate cake and a cup of tea before declaring, 'I have a bomb', inquest hears

Man Haron Monis

Louise Hall, Paul Bibby At first, he appeared to be just another person wandering through Martin Place on a sunny Monday morning.

Lindt cafe siege: inquest begins in Sydney

Died: Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson died in the the siege at the Lindt cafe.

Louise Hall, Paul Bibby Lindt cafe manager Tori Johnson was forced to kneel by gunman Man Haron Monis before he was shot once in the back of the head, an inquest has heard.

Olsens withdraw stolen painting claim after John Olsen remembers he gave the artwork as a gift

Tim Olsen and sister Louise have withdrawn a claim that their father's painting was stolen.

Louise Hall The adult children of celebrated Australian artist John Olsen have withdrawn their claim that a 1964 painting being sold by Sotheby's was stolen decades ago.

Former Keddies partner Scott John Roulstone wins right to practise as a barrister

Back in the game: The NSW Supreme Court has overturned the NSW Bar Association's attempt to block Scott Roulstone.

Louise Hall A partner of the defunct law firm Keddies has been allowed to work as a barrister.

Alleged rapist of 15-year-old girl refused bail

Louise Hall A man accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old girl from inner Sydney and raping her in his car has been refused bail with a magistrate citing his extensive history of violence.

Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara to stand trial for murder of Jamie Gao

Louise Hall Former NSW detectives Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara - charged with the execution-style murder of a university student - will stand trial in the Supreme Court after waiving their right to a...

Court allows Irish tourist Barry Lyttle to move closer to hospital where brother Patrick Lyttle recovering after Kings Cross fight

Louise Hall Irishman Barry Lyttle has been allowed to move closer to the hospital where his brother Patrick is recovering.

Missed opportunities to get Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis behind bars

Man Haron Monis

Paul Bibby, Louise Hall The final local court appearance of Man Haron Monis prior to the Sydney cafe siege was, with the benefit of hindsight, an agonising missed opportunity to get him off the streets and behind bars.

Man Monis granted bail six days after controversial bail laws brought in

Bail: Man Haron Monis.

Louise Hall and Nicole Hasham Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis was released from custody on bail six days after controversial changes to the state’s bail laws came into effect in May.

Two dead, one rescued after boat capsizes in Botany Bay


Josh Dye, Louise Hall Two men have died and one man has been rescued after their boat capsized in Botany Bay on Sunday afternoon. 

Pedestrian killed by car on Victoria Road, Rozelle


Louise Hall, Angharad Owens-Strauss, Tom Decent A pedestrian has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a car mounted the kerb on Victoria Road at Rozelle this morning.

Terrorist conspiracy: five Sydney cell members lose conviction, sentencing appeals

Wears imprisonment like a badge of honour: Khaled Cheikho.

Louise Hall The biggest terrorist cell in Australian history has been dealt a significant blow with a Sydney court dismissing an appeal by five men to have their convictions and sentences quashed.