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Sexual Boundaries in Doctor-Patient Relationship Guidelines

Sexual boundaries in the doctor-patient relationship

In December 2018, the Medical Board of Australia published revised Guidelines: Sexual Boundaries in the Doctor-Patient Relationship. The Guidelines aim to provide guidance to doctors about establishing and maintaining sexual boundaries in the doctor-patient relationship.
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How are police complaints handled in Queensland?

The Police disciplinary system

In 2019 the law in relation to how complaints against Queensland police officers are handled changed significantly. Gilshenan & Luton were heavily involved in those discussions on behalf of the Queensland Police Union.
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How does the Mental Health Court work in Queensland?

How does the Mental Health Court in Queensland work?

The Mental Health Court considers the state of mind of those who are alleged to have committed a criminal offence. It determines whether an alleged offender was of unsound mind at the time they are said to have committed an offence and whether they are now fit for trial.
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Charged with public nuisance in Queensland

The offence of ‘public nuisance’ – just how much of a nuisance do you have to be?

The Summary Offences Act provides that a person commits the offence of ‘public nuisance’ if they behave in a disorderly, offensive, threatening or violent way and their behaviour interferes (or is likely to interfere), with the peaceful passage through, or enjoyment of, a public place.
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Search warrants to access mobile phone PIN’s and contents

Search warrants, phone PIN codes and legal professional privilege

The District Court of Queensland has delivered a decision in relation to search warrants and a person’s ability to refuse PIN code access to a phone where the phone’s contents include communications between a person and his/her lawyer.
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Legal requirements for a search warrant to be valid - Annika Smethurst v Commissioner of Police

Search warrants - what went wrong in ABC journalist Annika Smethurst's case?

Search warrants are a vital tool for police and law enforcement officers in the investigation of crimes. Given they often involve an invasion of the privacy of a person’s home, the law recognizes that such powers need to be exercised in strict accordance with legal requirements.
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Procedural fairness and objectivity required during workplace investigations

Being a workplace investigator is no job for a ‘wilting flower’

A Fair Work Commission decision delivered on 4 March 2020 comments on what it takes to be a workplace investigator. In Boyle v BHP Coal, Mr Boyle, an employee of BHP, made a joke to some of his colleagues which became subject of a workplace investigation.
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Can I get my case or charges dismissed due to mental health issues?

Getting a case dismissed due to mental health (in the Queensland Magistrates Court)

Managing mental health issues is a difficult and complex task. If you, or a loved one, has a mental illness and are charged with a criminal offence, it is important to obtain legal advice from an experienced criminal lawyer, as there are means of having charges dismissed under the Mental Health Act.
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Bail in Queensland – applications, granting and refusals

Bail in Queensland – applications, granting and refusals

Bail is an undertaking to come to court when your criminal case is mentioned and sometimes, to comply with other conditions imposed by the court. In Queensland, a person charged with an offence may be released on bail under the provisions of the Bail Act. Learn more.
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What is a character witness?

Character witnesses – providing character evidence at trial

When a person charged with a criminal offence seeks to rely upon character evidence, it usually falls into one of two categories. In this article, we look at the form of evidence that someone charged with an offence may rely upon at trial in the defence of the allegations.
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What is legal professional privilege?

Legal Professional Privilege

Legal professional privilege describes the protection from disclosure extended to communications (written or oral) made in the course of obtaining legal advice or for contemplated or actual legal proceedings.
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Councillor and mayor obligations and responsibilities

Mayor and councillor responsibilities and obligations (Queensland)

Changes to the Local Government Electoral Act introduced the mandatory requirement for all candidates for council elections and by-elections to complete ‘So you want to be a councillor?’ training within six months before nominating for election. The training was designed to address the primary responsibilities and obligations of mayors and councillors.
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