State Penalties Enforcement Amendment Bill 2017

Criminal Lawyer, Sam Rigby explains the introduction of the State Penalties Enforcement Amendment Bill 2017 into the Queensland Parliament.  The SPER registry oversees and manages debts, amounting to … [Read more...]

Child Protection (Offender Reporting) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 ‘The Bill’

Sentencing Law

Our criminal law clerk, Stefanie Schilkowski outlines the amendment to the Child Protection legislation. CHILD PROTECTION - TOUGH, STREAMLINED AND HOLISTIC NEW LAWS? Following the 2013 review by the … [Read more...]

Recording Private Conversations – Is it lawful?

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The Moreton Bay Council recently announced that they have rolled out 330 CCTV cameras that have the capacity to record private conversations. In 2013 the then Queensland Transport Minister sought to … [Read more...]

Freedom of Information Laws to be reviewed

Criminal law

Community Review of Freedom of Information Law The Queensland Government is seeking input from the community on a review of the Queensland's Right to Information Act 2009 and Information Privacy Act … [Read more...]

Reforms to Youth Justice Laws Brings Qld in Line With UN Convention

Teenager under arrest

Youth Justice Reforms Queensland's 17 year old offenders are the only youths in the Country being sentenced outside the youth justice system. By treating 17 year olds as adults in the criminal … [Read more...]

Domestic & Family Violence Protection Bill 2016

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DV LAW SET TO BE STRENGTHENED AND PENALTIES INCREASED. Domestic Violence Law On 16 August 2016, the Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Protection of Domestic and Family Violence … [Read more...]

Overview of Serious and Organised Crime Bill 2016

Criminal law

On 13 September 2016, the Attorney General, Ms D'Ath presented the Serious and Organised Crime Bill to the Queensland Parliament.  The Bill is set to amend and/or replace the 2013 raft of legislation … [Read more...]

Qld set to overturn Barbaro & Zirilli v The Queen [2014]

Statue of justice

Barbaro & Zirilli is a 2014 High Court Decision which effectively brought to an end the practice of Prosecutors providing the Court with an appropriate sentencing range.  Until 2014 it was usual … [Read more...]

New DPP announced for Queensland

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Congratulations to Michael Roderick Byrne QC who was this month appointed as Queensland's new Director of Public Prosecutions. Mr Byrne QC has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a … [Read more...]

VLAD head announced in Bikie Law Review

Harley Davidson

Former Supreme Court Judge, Alan Wilson will head the review of VLAD laws as part an extensive review of organised crime, Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath announced today.  The Qld bikie laws were rushed … [Read more...]