Summary Offences and Indictable Offences

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What is the difference between summary and indictable offences? There are many different terms used in the legal system, which can be often confusing for the average person. If someone is arrested and charged with an offence, their offence is categorised based on the seriousness of it. This influences which type of Court the matter … Continue reading Summary Offences and Indictable Offences

What is the difference between civil law and criminal law in Australia?

Criminal Law vs Civil Law

In this article, we explore some of the differentiating factors between civil law and criminal law, and how they actually work in our modern-day society. Before examining how these two legal areas differ, we must take a closer look at Australia's legal system. Australia's Legal System Little is simple about the legal system and sometimes … Continue reading What is the difference between civil law and criminal law in Australia?

ASIC Investigations

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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 … Continue reading ASIC Investigations

Drugs and the Law

The Australian penalties for drugs are quite complex – there are different consequences for different crimes. There are four main types of drug crimes in Australia that people are charged with: UsePossessionProduction (including manufacture or cultivation)Supply and Trafficking Drug use What is drug use? No matter how someone ingests drugs - whether it is smoking, … Continue reading Drugs and the Law