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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 is often the best way of achieving the objective of keeping the community safe from recidivist offenders, who might otherwise be unable to give up their drug and/or […]
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 Due Care and Attention offence. The proposed offence will include a circumstance of aggravation for offending drivers who cause death or grievous bodily harm in the commission of […]
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 of 20 years imprisonment for an individual, and a maximum fine of $10 million for a corporate offender, the new Industrial Manslaughter laws are significant. The new Industrial Manslaughter laws […]
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 $1.17 billion. The management of such debts has been scrutinised over the past few years in dealing with the structure of debts, dealing with people who are suffering financial hardship or […]
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 justice system, Queensland has been inconsistent not only with the rest of the country, but also in breach the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the […]
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 introduced the Domestic and Family Violence and other Legislation Amendment Bill. When introducing the new Domestic Violence Law the minister noted that during 2016, there […]
On 28 April 2016 the Governor approved the Penalties and Sentences Amendment Regulation (No.1) 2016(the PSR Amendment). It commences on 1 July 2016 and amends the Penalties and Sentences Regulation 2015 (the PSR) to prescribe a new penalty unit value of $121.90 From 1 July 2016, penalty unit values will increase from $117.80 to $121.90.
Animal cruelty laws have been dramatically increased in the last twelve months. Late last year the animal cruelty laws were increased from a maximum of two years imprisonment or a fine of $110,000.00 to four years imprisonment and or a fine of $220,000.00. Today the period of imprisonment was again, almost doubled with a maximum […]
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 including supplying a dangerous drug, possession of dangerous drugs and other associated drug and property related charges. Drug convictions can significantly impact on employment prospects and […]