In relation to the two substantive charges of trespass and besetting, Magistrate Garnett made a copy of his ruling available to the media and the public gallery. I will be writing up a more comprehensive article, which hopefully I will have ready a little later this week.
It should be clarified that all 16 protestors had the charges of trespass and besetting dropped against them. The Magistrate ruled that protestors had the "lawful" right to enter Queen Victoria (QV) Shopping Square (where the protest took place) without restriction and had the right to engage in protest. The Magistrate ruled that QV Square (and laneways) are a public space and that the protestors posed no threat to public order or a breach of the peace (to the extent necessary to restrict their right to protest) and that the conduct of the protestors did not promote violence. The Magistrate ruled that QV had no right to restrict the protestors access to QV on the basis they were engaged in a political protest.