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Defences to criminal charges in Queensland

Defences to criminal charges

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.
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Murder charges in Queensland

Murder charges 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.
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A guide to Queensland’s criminal justice system

A guide to Queensland’s criminal justice system

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.
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Breach of domestic violence orders when encouraged by the aggrieved

Breach of domestic violence orders when encouraged by the aggrieved

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?”
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Costs in Domestic Violence Protection Order matters

Costs in domestic violence protection order matters

The Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act (Qld) states that parties must bear their own costs associated with Domestic Violence Protection Order applications, however, there is an exception.
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Industrial manslaughter in Queensland

Industrial manslaughter in Queensland

Industrial manslaughter occurs when a worker dies at work due to negligence by a business or its senior officer. It is a criminal offence.
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No right to silence at Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) unless reasonable excuse

No right to silence at Crime and Corruption Commission unless reasonable excuse

We explore a recent Supreme Court of Queensland decision of Smith v PRQ which considered an application by the CCC to have the respondent, PRQ, punished for contempt.
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The difference between workplace bullying and reasonable management action

Difference between workplace bullying and reasonable management action

This article explores the primary differences between workplace bullying by an employer and reasonable management action carried out in a reasonable way.
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Applications for a special hardship order after licence suspension

Applications for a special hardship order after licence suspension

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.
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Appeal options for firearms licence disputes

Has your Queensland firearms licence been suspended, revoked, or rejected?

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.
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Employer record keeping and pay slip obligations

Employer record keeping and pay slip obligations

All you need to know about your record keeping requirements and pay slip obligations as an employer.
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2022 changes to the regulation of health practitioners

Changes to the regulation of health practitioners

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.
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