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What is the Queensland Drug and Alcohol Court?

What is the Queensland Drug and Alcohol Court?

The Queensland Drug and Alcohol Court is an established specialist court in Brisbane that focuses on assisting defendants with severe substance dependencies or addictions.
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Stealing, robbery and burglary – what’s the difference?

Stealing, robbery and burglary – what’s the difference?

Whilst stealing, robbery and burglary may appear to the public to be the same offences, there are significant differences between them.
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Drug diversion programs in Queensland

Drug diversion programs Queensland

This article addresses some of the alternative avenues for people charged with drug offences, including police drug diversion, court-ordered drug diversion and Drug and Alcohol Assessment Referral (DAAR) courses.
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What is coercive control and is it against the law?

What is coercive control and is it against the law?

In his article, we define coercive control and explore where Australia is in relation to criminal offences and coercive control. Legislation to establish the offence of coercive control is expected to be introduced to Queensland Parliament by the end of 2023.
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What constitutes threat when ordering peace and good behaviour orders?

Peace and good behaviour orders - what constitutes a threat?

In the 2021 District Court decision of Sinclair v Lynch [2021] QDC 190, the Court helpfully outlined what constitutes a threat for the purposes of making a peace and good behaviour order pursuant to the Act.
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Your guide to the principles of Commonwealth sentencing for Federal offences

Commonwealth offences sentencing

Commonwealth offences include drug importation, terrorism, Australian Tax Office and Medicare fraud and are sentenced differently to State-based offences.
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Human rights in Australia

Human rights in Australia

Human rights are a basic set of rights and freedoms available to everyone. We look at the differences between the Federal and State laws and your options if your human rights are breached.
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Defences and penalties for the charge of common assault

Common assault

Your guide to what constitutes assault, what the prosecution must prove to be found guilty, defences available and penalties if convicted.
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What is publicly available in criminal proceedings?

Are criminal charges against a person publicly available?

If you are charged with a criminal offence, what are the chances of those charges, including your name, being made publicly available (including to the media), regardless of the ultimate outcome?
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Legal definitions of discrimination in Australia

What does the law say about discrimination?

A close look at Federal and Queensland-based laws that protect rights against discrimination, along with your options to pursue legal recourse if you experience discrimination.
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Drink driving defence when breath test was hours after driving

Drink driving defence – alcohol consumption was after driving

If you're charged with drink driving, the prosecution must prove that you drove a motor vehicle and that at the time of driving, you were under the influence of alcohol. Proving the offence can become much more difficult if you were breath-tested at a time when you were no longer driving.
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Stop sexual harassment at work orders

Sexual harassment at work – significant changes to the law

Federal sexual harassment laws cover workers nationwide and are designed to improve protection and increase empowerment of workers.
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