Penalties Units Set for Rise The Penalties and Sentences (Indexation) Amendment Act 2013 was passed on 5 March 2014. This legislation allows for the annual indexing of penalty units under the State Penalties Enforcement Act 1999 such that further legislation is not required to increase the penalty rate (unless an increase is to be above the indexed rate). The value of a penalty unit will automatically increase each year at a rate to be published by the Treasurer and if no rate is published, by 3.5%. Disclaimer This website contains general information about legal matters. The information is not advice, and should not be treated as such. You must not rely on the information on […]
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Out of Control Party Laws Organisers of out-of-control parties could face hefty fines or jail time under new out of control party laws to go before State Parliament this week. Under the out of control party laws, a person who organises a party that becomes an out-of-control event, their parents or gate crashers face a maximum penalty of 12 months jail or $12,100. If police face aggravated and violent circumstances when shutting down wild parties, the party organisers may face fines up to $18,150 and three years in prison. The out of control party laws provide a defence for a person who has taken reasonable steps to ensure the event […]
Mandatory Sentences Mandatory eight-year jail sentences for fatal one-punch attacks fuelled by alcohol or drugs are among are raft of measures to be introduced to curb alcohol-related violence in Sydney. It is also proposed that mandatory minimum sentences are to be introduced for other drug- or alcohol-fuelled offences, including: Reckless wounding (three years), Assaulting a police officer in the execution of duty (two years), Affray (four years); and Sexual assault (five years). Police will be able to test for drugs and alcohol if they suspect someone has committed an alcohol- or drug-fuelled assault. One punch measures Included in the raft of measures set to be introduced are: Eight-year minimum sentencing […]
Juvenile Justice Laws The Queensland Government is proposing a raft of changes to the Juvenile Justice Act when Parliament resumes on 11 February this year. Proposed Juvenile Justice Changes These changes include: Removing detention as a sentence of last resort. Making breach of bail an offence if a young person commits a crime while on bail. Naming and shaming of repeat offenders. Making all juvenile criminal histories available in adult courts to give a magistrate or judge a complete understanding of a defendant’s history. Transferring juvenile offenders to adult correctional centres when they reach 17 years of age if they have six or more months of their sentence remaining. Education […]
The title of Queens Counsel was reinstated following the confirmation of appointments by the Executive Counsel on Thursday 6 June 2013. Of the 73 SC’s appointed all but three have opted to return to the more traditional title of QC. The title of QC’s or Queen’s Counsel was abolished by the Labour Government in 1994. Since that time eminent counsel have been appointed as SC’s or Senior Counsel. Now all counsel gaining silk will be given the title of Queen’s Counsel.