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Category: Criminal Defence


Cardinal George Pell trial High Court of Australia

The trial and acquittal of Cardinal George Pell

After two trials, an appeal, and more than 400 days in prison, Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic clergyman, Cardinal George Pell, was acquitted of his alleged crimes by the High Court of Australia. This article will look at the factors that led to this final decision in Australia’s highest court.
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Criminal court sentencing hearings during COVID-19

COVID-19 and the impact on criminal court sentencing

Procedures and decisions related to sentencing hearings, particularly where defendants are likely to receive a custodial sentence, have seen significant change in light of coronavirus.
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What’s happening with bail applications during COVID-19?

COVID-19 and the impact on bail applications

Applications for bail are usually required where the police have objected to a defendant being granted bail. The current COVID-19 pandemic has seen a change in the way Queensland courts (and indeed courts across the nation and internationally) are addressing bail applications.
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Court operations during COVID-19 in Queensland

COVID-19 and the operation of the criminal law courts in Queensland

The work of courts in Queensland has changed rapidly to adapt to the need to reduce physical contact and contain the spread of COVID-19. Physical attendance is being minimised through re-organising the court calendar and using technology to conduct court hearings remotely.
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What does the Queensland Home Confinement Direction specify?

COVID-19 and Home Confinement Direction Queensland

On 29 March 2020, the chief health officer issued the ‘home confinement direction’ – the most restrictive direction so far. So what does it involve?
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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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Managing mental health during criminal law proceedings

Your mental health during criminal law proceedings

Your mental health will often suffer if you're charged with a criminal offence or if you’re involved in criminal law proceedings. Seeking professional assistance can be very beneficial. Ask us why and how.
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Can I get a Blue Card with a Criminal Record?

Can I get a blue card with a criminal record?

A blue card is the colloquial name for a ‘positive notice’ issued by Blue Card Services, which allows you to work with children. If you have a criminal record, your application for a blue card is not necessarily futile, but may be more complex.
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Peace and Good Behaviour Orders in Queensland

Peace and Good Behaviour Orders in Queensland

If a person is threatening someone else or their property, the threatened person may have a basis to ask the court to take action to protect them from the threatening behaviour. The threatened person can make an application for Peace and Good Behaviour Orders.
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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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How do I commence a private prosecution in Queensland?

Private prosecutions in Queensland

In Queensland, if you are a victim of a criminal offence, you can commence a private prosecution yourself rather than the state prosecuting. Find out how.
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How does criminal sentencing work in Queensland?

How does criminal sentencing work in Queensland?

If facing criminal proceedings, it’s important to be aware of how sentencing may work for your circumstances, if you plead guilty or if you are convicted.
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