Commercial Law

ASIC Investigations

What is an ASIC investigation? Why and how are they conducted? The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) investigates and prosecutes breaches of corporate law by corporations, directors and officers. Their work is carried out under the Commonwealth Corporations Act 2001. Breaches of corporate law can have some serious consequences for a business and the…

Criminal Law | General Law

Medicinal Cannabis in Queensland

Medicinal Cannabis Cannabis – also known as marijuana – has been used for centuries for medicinal, spiritual and recreational purposes. It is also a well-used source of industrial fiber, seed oil and food in its other forms. Cannabis is currently neither legal, nor is it decriminalised in Queensland. However, cannabis is used recreationally in most countries…

Criminal Law

What powers do police in Queensland have?

If you are ever approached by a police officer in the streets, it can be quite helpful to understand their rights and responsibilities – and what you legally need to tell them. A couple of myths that we can dispel upfront – you do not need to be at a police station to be interviewed…

General Law

Assaults Offences in Queensland

Assault Offences Assault is the use of force or threat against a person, and is a severe offence that may lead to a record of conviction against your name. Assault offences can be classified into the following categories and different penalties apply based on the nature of the assault. Common assault Common assaults mostly include…

General Law

Crime and Corruption Commission

What is the Crime and Corruption Commission? A body called the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) was created under the Crime and Corruption Act 2001 QLD (the Act) to reduce the occurrence of serious crimes and to prevent corruption in the public sector. The Crime and Corruption Commission has the power to conduct investigations for…

General Law

‘No Fault’ Divorce

‘No Fault’ Divorce Imagine if your marriage was simply breaking down and you had to actually prove fault or blame to file for divorce from your partner. The reasons for divorce ranged from habitual drunkenness to adultery to insanity, and in many cases, individuals would need to hire private investigators to catch out their partner…

General Law

Annulment of Marriage

Annulment of Marriage There are two types of marriage dissolution: divorce and annulment. An annulment is when a judge decides that there was no legal marriage. This means the marriage is considered void by the judge, should never have taken place in the first instance, and the clock is simply turned back to the period…

Family Law

Family Law: Drug Testing

Drug Testing in Parenting Matters When it comes to dealing with parenting disputes through the Family Court, the best interests of the children involved is always of the highest importance. It’s for this very reason that the Family Court has the power to make parties involved in the proceedings undertake drug testing through independent testing…

Criminal Law

Criminal Trials in Australia

Criminal Trials A criminal is given the opportunity to be fairly and equitably trialed for the very reason that the system aims to prevent locking up innocent people until proven guilty. It’s for this reason that a criminal trial exists so that an impartial judge can decide whether sufficient evidence has been presented and legally…

Criminal Law

Forensic Procedures in Queensland

Forensic Procedures Forensic procedures are part of a police investigations. It generally involves taking a sample from a person for investigative purposes. It’s important you understand your rights when it comes to taking part in forensic procedures. What is a forensic procedure? Common forensic procedures include taking finger, toe, feet or hand prints, photos or…

Criminal Law

Underage Witnesses in Queensland Courts

Children as witnesses in Queensland Children and underage youth are sometimes required to be witnesses in a court room. Unfortunately, in many cases, these children are the victims of the crime itself. When placed on the stand, they are subject to some quite direct, intimidating, traumatising and sometimes misleading questions which can cause further compounded…

Criminal Law

Drug Diversion Program

What is drug diversion? Drug diversion is a program that has been set up to try to tackle illicit drug use in its early stages and prevent further drug offences from occurring. It is an education and drug assessment program that minor drug offence defendants who have pleaded guilty can sometimes be ordered to attend….