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?

How does parole work in Queensland?

Parole orders are used to prevent a defendant from reoffending in the community and to protect the safety of the community.  A parole order allows a defendant to be supervised in the community for the duration of the order by the Department of Corrective Services who can impose conditions on where and how they live. … Continue reading How does parole work in Queensland?

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?

What is “Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle”?

Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle Any person who operates, or in any way interferes with the operation of, a vehicle dangerously in any place is committing a misdemeanour under section 328A of the Criminal Code 1899 (Qld). The person commits a crime if any of the following circumstances of aggravation are alleged: The offender is … Continue reading What is “Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle”?

Will my drug charges be finalised in the Magistrates, District or Supreme Court?

If you have been charged with an offence related to drugs in Queensland you will be required to attend the local Magistrates Court in the first instance.  There are some drug charges that can be determined in the Magistrates Court either on a plea of guilty or not guilty.  There are, however, some drug charges … Continue reading Will my drug charges be finalised in the Magistrates, District or Supreme Court?