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 … Continue reading Underage Witnesses in Queensland Courts

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?

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

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