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Author: Glen Cranny


Offences related to accessory or party to a crime

Being an accessory to (“aiding and abetting”) a crime

It is possible that someone can be convicted of an offence even though not performing any of the acts or omissions which constitute the offence. Such people are known as a “party” to the offence, sometimes also called an “accomplice” or an “accessory”.
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The role of guardians and attorneys in criminal law proceedings

The role of guardians and attorneys in criminal law proceedings

Important changes to the law surrounding guardians and attorneys were introduced in November 2020 which now expressly provides that a guardian or an attorney cannot enter a plea in a criminal proceeding on behalf of another individual.
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When can multiple criminal charges be tried at the same time?

When can multiple criminal charges be tried together?

A look at when multiple criminal charges can be tried at the same time and also a case where multiple charges were joined on the same indictment, however, the court found this should not have occurred.
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Can I record a conversation in Queensland using some type of recording device?

Recording conversations in Queensland – is it legal?

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?
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When does workplace bullying constitute corrupt conduct?

When does workplace bullying constitute corrupt conduct?

The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) has published a paper examining when workplace bullying reaches the legal threshold to constitute corrupt conduct under the Crime and Corruption Act 2001.
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Corporate Criminal Responsibility Review 2020

Corporate criminal responsibility under review

The long-awaited reform of Australia’s laws regarding the criminal responsibility of corporate entities (companies) is moving closer to completion. In Australia today the prosecution of companies is far less common than the prosecution of individuals, even in relation to what might be regarded as ‘white-collar’ or business-related offending.
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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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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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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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Fraud lawyers in Brisbane

What is fraud?

Fraud is the criminal offence of intentionally deceiving someone in order to gain an advantage or benefit (or to cause someone else a disadvantage or loss).
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What is perjury - definition and meaning

What is perjury?

Perjury is the criminal offence of deliberately providing false information under oath about an important matter in a legal hearing. In basic terms, it is the act of lying in court.
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What is child pornography?

What is child pornography?

Child pornography is referred to in the law as “child exploitation material”. Although a substantial amount of child pornography offences involve a real child, charges can also be laid where no real child is involved.
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