Should you participate in a police record of interview?

If you are about to be charged with an offence, or are under investigation by the police, you will almost certainly be asked if you wish to have a formal police interview.

Whether or not you speak to the police is a fundamental issue. Cases are often won or lost depending on whether a person participated in a record of interview.

New “Revenge Porn” laws under consideration in Queensland

Prior to the last election, the Queensland government pledged to create a new offence to deal with the increase in non-consensual sharing of intimate photographs and images, otherwise known as “revenge porn”.

The Criminal Code (Non-Consensual Sharing of Intimate Images) Bill is currently before the Queensland Parliament.

Whilst there arguably is a gap in the law so far as revenge porn is concerned, the proposed bill does not necessarily solve all problems.

Rebecca Fogerty appears before Queensland Parliament Committee

On 12 September 2018 Rebecca Fogerty appeared in her capacity as Deputy Chair of the Queensland Law Society before the Legislative Assembly of Queensland Parliament to discuss the Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2018. You can read a transcript of the proceedings here.  

Arrest of a Family Member: Information For Families and Friends

The arrest of a family member is often a stressful experience, especially if it was unexpected.  It can be difficult to obtain information about the arrested person, including if or when they will be released by the police.  This article explains common police procedures where a person is arrested and taken into custody.

Careless Driving

There is presently a proposal before the Queensland Parliament to increase the penalties for the offence of careless driving of a motor vehicle where a person has suffered death or serious injury (grievous bodily harm).

There is an old legal adage that hard cases make bad law. This, sadly, is such a case.

National Domestic Violence Scheme

The National Domestic Violence Scheme came into effect on 25 November 2017, creating national recognition for Domestic Violence Orders regardless of where in Australia the Order was originally made.

Previously, people who applied for Domestic Violence Orders in one state had to make an application for it to be recognised in the other Australian states and territories.