Over 20 alleged bikies were informed by their lawyers that they should stay away from court, or possibly face further charges on Tuesday.
Individuals with connections to criminal organisations have previously been told to disperse, or face possible jail time whilst waiting to testify in court. Lawyers for the accused individuals similarly feared that their clients might be charged with a further offence whilst awaiting court proceedings, entering the court building, or appearing before the court.
Queensland’s anti-association laws make it a criminal offence for members of declared organisations to gather groups of 3 or more in public.
Mr. Terry O’Gorman, President of the Australian Council for Civil Liberties, has stated that it is “unclear which law reins supreme – the bail act which requires you to appear, or the inherent power of the court to regulate its own proceeding, or the new bikie laws that say a court is a public place.”
Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie has stated that the laws are designed to prevent witness intimidation, and that appropriate arrangements are able to be prepared on a case by case basis to ensure that defendants are able to appear in court.
Further information about the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act (VLAD) can be found here.
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