Can the Police Suspend my Driver’s Licence before I go to Court?

If you have been charged with certain driving offences that involve alcohol or drugs, the police do have power to immediately suspend your drivers licence.  They are required to give you a notice about the suspension of your licence as soon as practicable after you have been charged.  Usually, this will occur at the time … Continue reading Can the Police Suspend my Driver’s Licence before I go to Court?

What is the Drug Diversion Program in Queensland?

The Illicit Drug Diversion Program is a system that seeks to address a defendant’s drug use whilst in the early stages and reduce any further drug-related offending. Anyone who pleads guilty to an eligible drug charge in a Magistrates Court or Children’s Court may be directed to attend and complete a drug and education assessment … Continue reading What is the Drug Diversion Program in Queensland?

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?

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

Is Mediation an option instead of going to court?

Formerly known as Justice Medication, adult restorative justice conferencing is a facilitated meeting between an offender and the victim of their crime that can allow matters to be diverted from the court and reach a solution that is more favourable to all parties involved. What is Adult Restorative Justice Conferencing? Adult restorative justice conferencing allows … Continue reading Is Mediation an option instead of going to court?