Sentencing Advisory Council – Intermediate sentencing options and parole

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On 26 October 2017, the Sentencing Advisory Council received Terms of Reference from the Attorney General regarding "community based sentencing orders, imprisonment and parole options".  At the core … [Read more...]

WELCOME RETURN OF DRUG COURT TO QUEENSLAND COURTS

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In acknowledging the link between addiction and the commission of criminal offences, the Queensland government has reinstated the Drug Court in Queensland.  This court recognises that rehabilitation … [Read more...]

Proposed penalties for driving offences leading to death or serious injury

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The Queensland government is currently considering introducing a new mid-range driving offence between the existing Criminal Code offence of Dangerous Driving, and the TORUM offence of Driving without … [Read more...]

Industrial Manslaughter Offence Introduced to Queensland

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On 12 October 2017, the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Grace Grace, announced the introduction of "Tough new industrial manslaughter laws" in Queensland.  With maximum penalties o … [Read more...]

Proposed Bill to prohibit DV Respondents from holding explosives licence

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Following on from the Queensland Government’s Not Now Not Ever policy, the Land, Explosives and Other Legislation Amendment Bill has been introduced into parliament.  The aim of the proposed legis … [Read more...]

Criminal Law (Historical Convictions Expungement) Bill 2017

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  On Tuesday 10 October 2017, the Queensland Parliament passed The Criminal Law (Historical Convictions Expungement) Bill 2017.  The purpose of the legislation is to expunge historical … [Read more...]

M1 Traffic Restrictions

Truck drivers need to be aware that from, 1 August 2017, all trucks with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) over 4.5t will be restricted to travelling in the left 2 lanes in both directions between Springwood … [Read more...]

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’

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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...]