Louise Hall

Louise Hall

Louise Hall is a Court Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Lindt cafe siege: inquest begins in Sydney

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Tim Olsen and sister Louise have withdrawn a claim that their father's painting was stolen.

Louise Hall The adult children of celebrated Australian artist John Olsen have withdrawn their claim that a 1964 painting being sold by Sotheby's was stolen decades ago.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

Former NRL star Craig Field found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter

Craig Field said he had tried to act as a

Louise Hall Former NRL player Craig Field has been found not guilty of murder but guilty of the manslaughter of farmer Kelvin Kane outside a north coast pub.

Joe Hockey to take stand in defamation case against Fairfax Media

Treasurer Joe Hockey addresses the media during a doorstop interview regarding multinational tax, at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 9 December 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Louise Hall Treasurer Joe Hockey's relationship with a Liberal Party fund-raising forum will be examined when he takes the stand in his defamation case against Fairfax Media.

First female genital mutilation case to go to trial in NSW Supreme Court


Louise Hall An elderly woman has pleaded not guilty to performing female genital mutilation on two young sisters.

Tradesman Tony Halloun jailed for murder of doctor's wife Shahnaz Qidwai

Jailed: Tony Halloun.

Louise Hall Tradesman Tony Halloun has been sentenced to at least 17 years jail for the murder of doctor's wife Shahnaz Qidwai inside her Sydney mansion in June 2012.

Jessica Silva not guilty of murder; guilty of manslaughter

Jessica Silva leaves court after being found guilty of manslaughter.

Louise Hall Jessica Silva might not serve any time in jail despite being found guilty of the manslaughter of her abusive, drug-affected former partner on Mother's Day two years ago.

Jessica Silva found not guilty of murder of James Polkinghorne

Jessica Silva arrives at court with her legal team on Wednesday.

Louise Hall Jessica Silva has been found not guilty of murdering but guilty of the manslaughter of her abusive, drug-affected ex-partner on Mother’s Day two years ago.

No bail for 'ISIS member' accused of threat to behead policeman

Lamin Savage has been denied bail in the Supreme Court.

Louise Hall A man who allegedly told a police officer he was from militant group Islamic State and threatened to behead him has been denied bail in the Supreme Court.

Mother claims teacher discriminated against son by sitting him up the front

School student

Louise Hall A mother of a year 5 student complained to the Anti-Discrimination Board because his teacher made him sit up the front of the classroom and referred him to ESL classes.

Facebook posts on Vegas poker trip lead to $340,000 defamation payout for Nicholas Polias

Nicholas Polias, far right, with his legal team, including Sue Chrysanthou, far left, and Bridgette Regener.

Louise Hall A poker player awarded $340,000 in damages after suing four of his friends for defamation following comments they posted on Facebook about a trip to Las Vegas has warned people to "be very careful...