For all people sentenced in Queensland Supreme, District or Magistrates Courts, an offender levy fee is a mandatory payment. It is an administrative fee that helps to pay for law enforcement and administration costs.
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Southern Queensland Correctional Centre has now shut down. It is being renovated and is to reopen as a second Women’s prison in early 2019. Accordingly the majority of the inmates have been transferred to Borallon Training and Correctional Centre, just 15 minutes outside of Ipswich.
On 26 October 2017, the Sentencing Advisory Council received Terms of Reference from the Attorney General regarding the “penalties imposed on sentence for criminal offences arising from the death of a child” The AG noted that there has been commentary expressing the view that the penalties imposed for these offences may not be meeting the expectations of the community. In announcing the review the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council noted “In 2015–16, the deaths of 390 children and young people were registered in Queensland. Nine of these children and young people died as a result of suspected or confirmed assault and/or negligence. Six of these children were alleged to have been […]
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 of the sentencing process is the effective rehabilitation, reintegration and supervision of prisoners released into the community. Other than those serving a life sentence, there must be an acknowledgment that at some point an offender will be released back into the community. Parole is crucial in reducing the risk of re-offending by those under supervision, prior to the end of their sentence. Sofronoff Report The terms of reference are in response to the recommendations in the 2016 Queensland Parole System Review Final Report undertaken […]
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 caseload of Southport’s specialist DFV court which has dealt with more than 12,000 matter since the trial began in September 2015. The renovations include: A dedicated registry counter for enquiries and filing DFV court applications; Secure entry for courtrooms Video conferencing facilities for female victims too fearful to attend court in person and witnesses. Quiet room for distressed women; Secure children’s play area, Meeting room facilities for men and their legal and support services, and Sound-proofed meeting rooms. The $2.69 million renovation to upgrade Southport courthouse […]
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 and commissioners for declarations. The JP Handbook has been updated many times to reflect these ongoing changes. In an effort to assist Justices of the Peace the Queensland Government has released a new loose leaf service that can be easily updated. The online version of the new guide can be accessed here or alternatively you can order the loose leaf serviced through the Queensland Government Publications website. Justices of the Peace have a long history of assisting the […]
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 hinder you from getting yourself properly represented in the criminal court. Legal Aid in Queensland can help you get a criminal lawyer even if you cannot afford to hire one. Legal Aid in Queensland (LAQ) is an organisation funded by the Queensland Government to provide free legal information, advice and representation (if you meet LAQ’s criteria) to financially disadvantaged people. It has 14 regional offices and community access points offices scattered all over […]
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 President of the Court of Appeal in March this year. Her Honour was first appointed in January 1991 and was appointed President of the Court of Appeal in 1998. Her Honours appointment is welcomed by members of the legal profession. If you need financial assistance for a legal matter you may be entitled to legal aid (provided you meet their criteria). This website contains general information about legal matters. The information is not advice, and should not be treated as such. You must not rely […]
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 Crime and Corruption Commission of the Child Protection (Offender Prohibition Order) Act 2008, the bill was introduced late 2016. In short, it means greater police powers (by amending the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act), extending protection to community members/children, an amalgamation of current laws and amendments to offender reporting. Current Child Protection Reporting Regime Queensland currently separates its offender reporting legislation into two distinct but linked Acts; The: Child Protection (Offender Reporting) Act 2004, placing reporting obligations on offenders, reporting personal […]
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 2009. History of Freedom of Information Laws Following the Fitzgeral Inquiry (1987 – 1989), the Electoral and Administrative Review Commission recommended that Freedom of Information laws be introduced in Queensland. The Freedom of Information Act 1992 was the governments response. It permitted access to information upon application. In June 2008 the Solomon Report was handed down. It proposed a difference approach, in that government bodies ought publish information unless there was a good reason not to. The response was […]