Schoolies week legal issues can impact your future.

Dancing, drinking

It is that time of year again when school leavers get the chance to celebrate their graduation at the annual ‘Schoolies’ festival. Although we are hopeful that it is a week of fun, laughter and cel … [Read more...]

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...]

WELCOME RETURN OF DRUG COURT TO QUEENSLAND COURTS

bg_pic1

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 … [Read more...]

Proposed penalties for driving offences leading to death or serious injury

Pursuit

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 … [Read more...]

Industrial Manslaughter Offence Introduced to Queensland

Drink Driving Offence

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 o … [Read more...]

It’s just a drink driving offence, I can’t go to jail. Can I?

Drink Driving Offence

Most motorists pleading guilty to their first drink driving charge will receive a fine and a loss of their licence.  It is however open for the Magistrate to impose an actual period of imprisonment, es … [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...]

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...]