There are many ways a police force investigate criminal offences. From basic questioning of suspects to surveillance operations, telephone intercepts, digital tracking, profiling and many… Read More »What Investigative Tools do Queensland Police Utilise?
At the outset, we should distinguish a committal from a mention or a trial. A committal is an important stage of the criminal law process… Read More »The Different Types of Committal Proceedings in Queensland
The Queensland Parole Board is facing possible legal action from those held in custody as a result of significant delays in deciding parole applications. In… Read More »Implications of the Chronic Delays in Processing Queensland Parole Applications
Most criminal matters and many civil ones are first heard in the Magistrates Court of Queensland. Where a person is unhappy with the decision they… Read More »What’s Involved in Section 222 Appeals?
A warrant is a written authority from a justice of the peace, magistrate or judge for the arrest of a named person. An arrest warrant… Read More »What To Do When Faced With an Arrest Warrant
Prisoners in Queensland who are released on parole serve out the remainder of the sentence in the community under a range of conditions. Queensland Corrective… Read More »What Steps are Involved in Applying for Parole
In August 2017 Queensland enacted a ‘No Body, No Parole’ law that means the Parole Board Queensland must not grant parole to a prisoner unless… Read More »How does Queensland’s ‘No Body, No Parole’ Law Work?
In Queensland the most common situations where a warrant is issued to return a person to prison occur when that person fails to pay a… Read More »What You Need to Know About Return-to-Prison Warrants
While the jurisdiction of the different courts in Queensland is probably only an interesting topic to lawyers, when it comes to drug offences which court… Read More »Which Court Will I Appear in When Charged with Certain Drug Offences
When you come before a court on a criminal matter, there are a range of sentences the court can impose, many of which are designed… Read More »What Happens if I Breach a Court Order?
Australian courts have frequently recognised the impact of recording a conviction for a person found guilty of an offence. In some circumstances it’s acknowledgeded that… Read More »When Will No Conviction Be Recorded for Commonwealth Offences?
A key requirement for a person to be admitted as a practising lawyer is that they are a ‘fit and proper’ person. Lawyers are expected… Read More »What are the Consequences for a Lawyer Convicted of a Criminal Offence?
The issue of mandatory penalties is a controversial one in the law. Many judges and legal commentators criticise the inclusion of mandatory penalties in sentencing… Read More »When Do Mandatory Penalties for Certain Offences Apply in Queensland?
It’s no revelation that having anything to do with illegal drugs can lead to severe criminal penalties if you’re caught, but what many people may… Read More »What to Know about Schedule 1 Drugs vs Schedule 2 Drugs
The impact of COVID-19 on Bail Applications in Queensland has been significant. In this podcast, Daniel Hannay gives you a rundown on the current state… Read More »What You Need to Know About Bail Applications Now
Sadly, a certainty in modern society is that there are always dishonest people willing to take advantage of those who are either gullible, greedy, or… Read More »What You Need to Know About Fraudulent Ponzi Schemes and Boiler Room Scams