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Author: Bill Potts

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High Court orders a re-trial for a man who violently stabbed and bludgeoned his wife to death in front of their children – Bill Potts comments

A man who had been sentenced to life in jail for stabbing and bludgeoning his wife to death in 2016  has been granted a re-trial by the majority of the High Court. The High Court found that the trial judge wrongly instructed the Jury about how they (the jury) could consider the defence of provocation and if it applied in this case. Background Section 304 of the Criminal Code (Qld), a person is only guilty of manslaughter (and not murder) if that person unlawfully kills another (a)in the heat of passion, (b)caused by sudden provocation, and (c)before there is time for the person’s passion...

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What’s different about Potts Lawyers?

  https://youtu.be/Lpb9O9WDXC8 Firstly, it's important for our clients to know that we are their lawyers. We're not the judge, we're not the jury. So we are not going to be judging a person who is in those sorts of difficulties often in a society that doesn't understand what they're doing or why they're doing it doesn't understand how they got to be in that dark place, and need to understand that there is a way out of it. And often, that means giving some form of psychiatric or psychological assistance for sometimes it means explaining to quite often a client who is...

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QLS President Message

Our profession has much of which to be proud as I come to end of my year as your 2016 president. I said at the beginning of the year that I am a proud to be a Queensland solicitor and after a year in the role as the QLS’s most privileged elected position it has given me a great amount of respect and pride in the more than 13,000 solicitors across the state. I have long believed that advocacy for good law and educating the public as to what we do as lawyers is integral to enhancing and fortifying the reputation of...

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