Sentencing Advisory Council – Intermediate sentencing options and parole

Criminal law

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...]

Opening of Southport’s specialist Domestic and Family Violence Court

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On 19 October 2017 the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath  officially opened Southport’s permanent specialist Domestic and Family Violence Court.  The renovations reflect the caselo … [Read more...]

New Handbook for Justices of the peace

Criminal law

Since the introduction of the Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Declarations Act 1991 there have been many multiple amendments to the role and obligations of both the Justices of the peace … [Read more...]

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...]

New Chair of Legal Aid Board Announced

On 4 May 2017, Queensland's Attorney-General announced the appointment of  Retired Justice Margaret McMurdo as the new Chair of the Legal Aid Board of Queensland. Justice McMurdo retired as a Pre … [Read more...]

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

Criminal Lawyers

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, s … [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...]