What to do if you can’t afford a criminal lawyer?

A criminal case can be quite costly whether you are the one filing the lawsuit or you are on the defense side. Not everyone is financially capable to be in such a situation. However, it should not … [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...]

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...]

President of the Court of Appeal Announces Resignation

Criminal law

This week the Court of Appeal President, Margaret McMurdo announced her intention to resign her position effective 26 March 2017.  Her Honour has been a judge in Queensland for more than 25 years, … [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

Domestic violence bail

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...]

Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council

Sentencing Law

Sentencing law to be assisted by Sentencing Advisory Council Sentencing law is a complex and often controversial part of the Criminal process.  In considering the competing elements of the sentencing … [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 appointment announced for Qld Court of Appeal

Justice Philip McMurdo was this month appointed as a judge of the Court of Appeal. Justice McMurdo will fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Chief Justice Catherine Holmes, who sat on the … [Read more...]