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….

Criminal Law

Summary Offences and Indictable Offences

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…

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Road rules for cyclists

Road rules and cyclists in Queensland What are the rules for cyclists on the roads in QLD? There are quite a few things that cyclists need to know to ensure they are following the rules when riding on the road safely. Not knowing these or being unsure of the rules could be unsafe for the…

Employment Law

Workers Compensation QLD

Workers Compensation Legislative Amendments On 22nd October 2019, the government of Queensland passed the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 to improve the compensation claims experience for injured workers and to ensure better recovery of vulnerable workers with psychological and physical injuries, by providing adequate rehabilitation and return to work services….

Commercial Law

Receivership

For those who have run a business, the terms receivership, administration, bankruptcy and liquidation are used widely to describe businesses that is in trouble. While these are all related to a certain degree, they are all different situations, that can result in different outcomes for business. In this article, we will discuss what it means…

General Law

How can I reduce my legal costs?

Sometimes, high legal costs deter individuals and businesses from seeking the necessary legal support, but there are ways you can ensure your legal costs do not blow out unexpectedly. Get organised Find all of the necessary documentation you might need that is relevant to your legal case – this is all contracts, key communications, dates…

Criminal Law

Trespassing Laws in QLD

Understanding trespassing and your rights One of the simplest ways to test if trespass has occurred is if there has been a deliberate intention to enter another person’s property. This does not have to be the registered land owner, just the lawful occupier of the land or premises. In this blog we explain a little…

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…