On 1 August 2023, significant changes were made to domestic and family violence protection laws in Queensland in response to the Hear Her Voice recommendations. Amongst other changes, the amendments import “a pattern of behaviour” into the definition of domestic violence, to encompass behaviour that occurs over a period of time or via a series of acts.
Many people are surprised to hear that domestic violence proceedings are conducted in a strikingly different manner to criminal proceedings. Domestic violence proceedings have a real focus on confidentiality of the parties. This is in recognition that domestic violence proceedings usually contain highly sensitive and personal information.
At times, people who are subject to a domestic violence order may be invited or encouraged to visit aggrieved parties to the order, for example, an ex-partner. In this article, we pose the question “Is it a defence if the aggrieved invites me to breach a domestic violence order?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.