Criminal Law

Public Nuisance – QLD

What is public nuisance? Public nuisance is when a person’s behaviour interferes, or is likely to interfere, with the peaceful passage through, or enjoyment of, a public place by a member of the public. Since it is quite a broad offence, there are plenty of examples of behaviour that would be considered public nuisance, such…

Criminal Law

Unlawful Possession of Stolen Property – QLD

The ease of selling items on Gumtree, eBay and Facebook these days makes it an easy avenue for thieves to sell stolen property quickly, relatively anonymously and unlawfully. However, theft is not the only crime in this situation; the Summary Offences Act 2005 includes the offence of unlawfully possessing stolen property. Therefore, buyers need to…

Commercial Law

QCAT Money Orders

In Queensland, almost all disputes will be dealt with by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT), the Magistrate’s Court, District Court or Supreme Court. It simply depends on the amount of money in dispute as to which court you will go to. What are the thresholds of the monetary orders in Queensland? Queensland Civil…

Criminal Law

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…

Criminal Law

What is double jeopardy?

Double jeopardy: the prosecution or punishment of a person twice for the same offence. Alison and Jillian Barrett, Sydney Morning Herald The term ‘double jeopardy’ was made famous by 1999, the film , but what does it actually mean in the context of Australian law? A double jeopardy clause provides protection against an individual from…