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

Criminal Lawyers

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...]

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...]

Queensland Organised Crime Commission of Inquiry Established

In February 2015, the newly elected government indicated that it would conduct a Commission of Inquiry into aspects relating to organised crime in Queensland.  On 2 April 2015 by Commission of Inquiry … [Read more...]

Drug Convictions for Offences at Stereosonic

Party Drugs

More than 120 revellers face criminal convictions for drug offences following last weekends Stereosonic concert in Fortitude Valley.A total of 123 people were arrested and charged with 127 offences … [Read more...]

Safe Night Out Legislation Amendment Bill

The Safe Night Out Legislation Amendment Bill is part of a Queensland Government strategy aiming to restore responsible behaviour, stamp out alcohol and drug-related violence and ultimately ensure … [Read more...]

Inquiry into Criminal Activity


The Queensland Government has announced an inquiry into criminal statistics across the state.  The Inquiry, to be conducted by the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee, is set to hear evidence … [Read more...]