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?

Increased Fines for Driving Offences as of 1 July 2022

As of 1 February 2020, the penalties for mobile phone offences became significantly stricter in Queensland. And now, as of 1 July 2022, the Queensland Government are toughening the penalties for driving offences such as speeding, driving without a seatbelt and running red lights. Fines for driving without a seatbelt have nearly doubled in fines. … Continue reading Increased Fines for Driving Offences as of 1 July 2022

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?

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