Charging a person criminally can have far-reaching consequences , not only for the charged person, but also for his or her family, the community, and the criminal justice system. So, what other options are there to laying criminal charges?
Enterprise agreements are a popular tool for many employees, employers and unions, to set in place a legally binding set of employment standards, entitlements and protections. In this article, we look at the primary steps required to create an enterprise agreement.
The law provides a privilege (immunity) against providing information or documents which may be self-incriminating. This, alongside the right to remain silent, ensures that an accused person cannot be compelled to give evidence leading to his or her own conviction.
All employees have general protections under workplace laws in Australia. In this article, we look at the process for lodging a general protections claim if you have been dismissed due to adverse action.
It is not uncommon for people to want to record conversations in which they are involved. For example, someone may wish to have an accurate record of what was said, or for their own legal protection. This leads to a common question: is it illegal to record a conversation without consent?
Under the Criminal Code in Queensland, a person commits an offence if they use a carriage service in a way that reasonable persons would regard as being, in all the circumstances, menacing, harassing or offensive. The “service” can include a fixed or mobile telephone service, an internet service, or an intranet service.
There are numerous factors that weigh into the issue of whether a criminal prosecution will have a trial by jury or by judge alone. In Queensland, trials in the District and Supreme Courts are generally held in front of a jury and judge, while trials in the Magistrates Court are determined, by the presiding Magistrate alone.
The right of peaceful assembly, commonly referred to protesting, is considered a key pillar of a democratic society. In Queensland, the right to assemble peacefully in a public place is recognised in the Peaceful Assembly Act.