When charged with a criminal offence, it is the accused’s right to defend the charges in court. There are a number of defences available for criminal charges. This article briefly considers some of the more common defences which may be available in criminal matters in Queensland.
In this article, we look at the definition of murder, defences available if charged with murder and the penalties if you plead guilty or are convicted. We also look at the difference between murder and manslaughter under Queensland criminal law.
Whether you are involved as a victim, a witness, a juror, or a defendant in Queensland’s criminal justice system, it is important to understand the basics of the court system, as well as ‘who’s who in the zoo’; including prosecutors, magistrates, judges, juries and lawyers.
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?”
If your driving licence is going to be suspended, in some circumstances you may be able to apply to obtain a “special hardship order” which may permit you to drive for certain purposes during the period of your licence suspension.
There has been a noticeable increase in the number of suspended or revoked firearms licences and rejected new applications. Importantly, there is an avenue to review these decisions in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
On 21 October 2022, the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2022 was given assent. The Act amends the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and also makes related amendments to the Health Ombudsman Act 2013. This article explores the relevant changes.