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Police Powers and Responsibilities – Seized Property

Sometimes, police seize property in the course of exercising their duties and investigating crime. If your property has been seized by police, it is important to know your rights and how you can you go about having that property returned. Hang on to your Field Property...

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Why the Defence of “Mistake of Fact” in Rape Cases Matters

“That it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer, is a Maxim that has been long and generally approved” – Benjamin Franklin. Recently, certain commentators have called to abolish the defence of ‘mistake of fact’ in rape cases. Some...

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Murder in the Third Degree? Does This Apply in Australia

Recently, an American police officer, Mohameed Noor, was found guilty of Murder in the Third Degree for the killing of Australian woman, Ruszczyk Damond. Noor and his partner, Matthew Harrity were responding to a 911 call at a residence when they claim to have heard a...

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Judicial Review

The Judicial Review Act 1991 (Qld) enables a person to challenge the legality of administrative decisions such as decisions made by Government Departments and agencies and Magistrates/Judges. A Judicial review is effectively an appeal whereby a person seeks to challenge the legality of a decision, as...

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Have You Been Charged with Driving Without a Licence?

In Australia, driving isn't an entitlement or a right. It is a privilege and a responsibility that shouldn't be taken lightly. That's why everyone needs a licence to do it. But sometimes even honest, law-abiding citizens make mistakes. And in some cases, people just don't think...

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Unlawful Striking Causing Death – “One Punch Can Kill”

In 2018, the sentencing of a Brisbane man to nearly 10 years imprisonment brought renewed attention to Queensland's unlawful striking causing death - or "one punch can kill" - law. Here's what everyone should know about this important law and the consequences of breaking it. The...