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….

Family Law

How to Challenge a Will

Challenging a Will A Will is a legal document that outlines your wishes with regard to how you would like your property and assets to be distributed once you die. If you die without a Will, your wishes may not be followed. In fact, even with a Will in place, there is the ability for…

Commercial Law

Setting Aside Default Judgements

Firstly, what are default judgements? Default judgments occur when people do not respond to a lawsuit or debt collector, and a judge resolves the case without ever hearing the defendant’s side. In effect, they are found guilty because they never actually entered a defence, therefore, a judgement is made, setting out the amount of money…

Criminal Law

Youth Justice and Juvenile Crime

Understanding youth justice and juvenile crime In Australia, children are not held criminally responsible for their actions until they have reached 10 years of age. It is understood that children under 10 are not yet fully developed an understanding of right from wrong, thus they cannot be held accountable for their actions. The Australian legal…

Criminal Law

Producing Dangerous Drugs

What are the penalties for producing dangerous drugs? In Australia, a person who unlawfully produces a dangerous drug is guilty of a crime. However, when we say ‘produce’, we are not just referring to the manufacturing of a dangerous drug – it also involves packaging them for sale, harvesting plants that grow dangerous drugs, preparing…

Criminal Law

Drug and Alcohol Court

Queensland’s Drug and Alcohol Court: Addressing the Root Cause of Crime In Queensland, we have a significant drug and alcohol problem that is prevalent in our communities. In many cases each week, this is the reason for a significant number of criminal offences. So, how can we actually fix this? A jail sentence is unlikely…

Commercial Law

Calderbank Offers in Litigation

Understanding Calderbank offers in litigation Litigation is expensive. The Court typically decides how the costs of litigation will be allocated after the trial. In most cases, the unsuccessful party in Court will then be required to pay the successful party’s legal costs. However, something known as a Calderbank offer could change this financial outcome. What…