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 … Continue reading Setting Aside Default Judgements

Extending Limitation Periods

Extension of Limitation Period For many, limitation periods tend to attract very little attention until the limitation period is about to, or has expired. Limitation periods are different for different causes of action and vary depending on whether Commonwealth law or state law is applicable to the cause of action. What is a limitation period? … Continue reading Extending Limitation Periods

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 … Continue reading Youth Justice and Juvenile Crime

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 … Continue reading Calderbank Offers in Litigation

Assault Charges QLD

In QLD, what is considered assault? Assault is the physical application of force (striking, touching or moving), or an attempted or threatened application of force towards someone which causes injury or personal discomfort. The charges for assault are differentiated by a number of factors, including whether the act was done ‘recklessly’ or ‘intentionally’, and the … Continue reading Assault Charges QLD

Murder, manslaughter and homicide – QLD

Many people are often confused by the terms homicide, murder and manslaughter. In Queensland, offenders found guilty of any of these offences will face a life-changing legal battle and if found guilty will face imprisonment. Here is a brief explanation of the terms: What is homicide? Homicide is a broad term used to explain the killing of … Continue reading Murder, manslaughter and homicide – QLD