The latest news and developments in Queensland criminal law and practice.

The latest news and developments in Queensland criminal law and practice.

  • Keyboard

    9 May 2023

    3 minute read

    Queensland has just passed new laws targeting reportable offenders, increasing minimum reporting periods and expanding police powers.

  • close up plant image

    8 April 2023

    3 minute read

    Recent changes to the law have made it legal for doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis in Queensland. Finally, you might think. Read on as we break down the legalities of accessing cannabis for medical treatment.

  • drugs

    22 February 2023

    2 minute read

    A new ‘three strike system’ has just been introduced to decriminalise personal possession of most illegal drugs and utensils in Queensland.

  • iv drip bag

    20 September 2021

    3 minute read

    In keeping with the times, the Queensland Government has finally legalised euthanasia through the introduction of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill (2021), which comes into effect from 1 January 2023.

  • binary numbers

    4 September 2021

    5 minute read

    In a move that would fit perfectly in George Orwell’s classic novel, 1984, the Federal Government has just passed legislation which grants police access to your computer and online accounts, with power to copy, modify or delete data as they wish. Worried?

  • thumb tag

    3 August 2021

    10 minute read

    Following conviction for a sexual offence against a child, or a CEM offence, the Queensland government requires offenders to report their personal details. This is often referred to as being on the sex offenders register. Read on as we take a deep dive into the law and explain what it all means.

  • hands behind jail bars

    30 September 2020

    8 minute read

    Recent changes to the law have led to the creation of two new offences relating to child abuse objects, as well as a tougher sentencing regime requiring exceptional circumstances to stay out of jail.

  • statue of the law

    18 August 2020

    16 minute read

    The excuse of mistake of fact in sexual assault and rape cases has recently come under fire by academics and non-lawyers, with some calling it an archaic “legal loophole”. Calls for the excuse to be abolished or heavily modified have resulted in an intensive review by the Queensland Law Reform Commission, which recently published its findings.

  • covid-19

    15 May 2020

    3 minute read

    A number of reports have surfaced of people spitting on others, which gives rise to the question: can you be charged for transmitting COVID-19?

  • hand and paper print

    28 March 2020

    3 minute read

    Many people chose not to vote in the Queensland election today. And fair enough, given the Prime Minister has made it pretty clear he wants us all to stay home as much as possible to contain the spread of the virus. Or flatten the curve, as you will.

  • statue law

    18 February 2020

    6 minute read

    How can you represent a guilty person? What about if they told you that they did it? And what if you know they’re guilty? Find out here.