What is the Process of Jury Duty?

In Queensland, juries have the role in determining the outcome of a case of both civil and criminal trials. In a criminal trial, there are 12 jurors. Jurors are selected at random through a computer from the electoral roll, and potential jurors are sent a letter with a questionnaire that determines whether they are eligible … Continue reading What is the Process of Jury Duty?

Failing to Report and protect children from sexual offending

From 5 July 2021, it is an offence in Queensland for any adult not to report sexual offending against a child by another adult to police. This places a legal duty on all adults to report sexual offences against children unless they have a reasonable excuse not to. For this law, a child means a … Continue reading Failing to Report and protect children from sexual offending

Sharing Intimate Images without Consent

Queensland introduced new laws in February 2019 to deal with revenge porn situations and the growing use of technology-facilitated abuse that was not otherwise strictly covered by other offences.  The effect that legislation amendment is that two new offences were introduced into the Criminal Code – Distributing prohibited visual recordings and Threats to distribute intimate … Continue reading Sharing Intimate Images without Consent

Breaching a domestic violence order

How can a Domestic Violence Order be Breached? Every Domestic Violence Order (DVO) in Queensland contains the following mandatory condition: The respondent must be of good behaviour towards the aggrieved and not commit domestic violence against the aggrieved Therefore, if the respondent is not of good behaviour towards the aggrieved, and/or they commit domestic violence … Continue reading Breaching a domestic violence order

Which Queensland Courts can hear Criminal Matters?

If you have been charged with a criminal or traffic offence in Queensland, the proceedings will commence in the Magistrates Court in your district. Depending on the charge, it will then either be finalised in that court, or will be committed to the District or Supreme Court for finalisation. mAGISTRATES cOURT The Magistrate’s Court is … Continue reading Which Queensland Courts can hear Criminal Matters?