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Potts Lawyers Awarded Leading Criminal Law Firm

            Potts Lawyers Awarded as a Leading Criminal Law Firm by Doyle’s Guide 2020 Managing director, Rob Franklin is pleased to announce that Potts Lawyers has again been recognised by the prestigious Doyle’s Guide as a “first tier” leading criminal law firm in Queensland. Director Bill Potts has been named as a leading criminal lawyer whilst director Cameron Browne, Mark Williams and Erin Mitchell have been named as a recommended criminal lawyers. Andrew Hanlon has been announced the criminal law rising star and the firm has also been recognised as the Leading Traffic & DUI defence lawyers in Queensland. It is heartening to see that amongst the total of...

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Bill Potts comments on domestic violence laws six months after horrific murders

Hannah Clarke's parents call for stronger domestic violence laws six months after horrific murders   Six months on from the shocking murders of Hannah Clarke and her three children, domestic violence advocates are calling for coercive control and petrol dousing to be established as offences in Queensland.Ms Clarke, 31, and her children, Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey, were murdered in Brisbane's Camp Hill after her estranged husband Rowan Baxter ambushed them on the morning school run on February 19. Baxter, doused them with petrol and set the car alight before he died of self-inflicted stab wounds nearby. The three children — aged, six, four and...

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Bill Potts responds to news that Dreamworld is facing criminal charges arising from tragic accident

Dreamworld can 'come back' from deadly disaster, PR expert says A public relations expert believes Dreamworld can make a comeback after a disastrous few years – but it won't be easy. Dreamworld's parent company faces a massive fine of $4.5 million after it was charged multiple times over the 2016 Thunder River Rapids tragedy which claimed four lives in Queensland. Ardent Leisure today confirmed it had been hit with three charges following an assessment by an independent prosecutor from Workplace Health and Safety, according to a statement given to the ASX. The three Category 2 charges, filed today in the Brisbane Magistrates Court, were...

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Virus releases domestic violence brake

A key means of preventing an escalation of domestic violence during the COVID-19 lockdown has been dealt a major blow with the cancellation of men's face-to-face behavioural counselling sessions. Anti-domestic violence campaigners say there is no substitute for the court-ordered group therapy, where abusers are confronted by peers. The two-hour meetings, which are normally attended by between six and 20 men over 26 weeks, were shut down last month. The forums are where emotions often overflow, tears are shed and anger vented within a controlled atmosphere, says Men's Referral Service CEO Jacqui Watt. MRS has been operating nationally for more than 25 years and...

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Challenges of court trials during COVID

Legal experts are in uncharted territory as courts face significant challenges providing public justice during the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing measures are already in place in courts, but judges and barristers have discussed logistics for prisoners ahead of a high-profile criminal trial due to start next month. The matter involves a number of defendants who are remanded in prison ahead of their case being heard. Public courts usually give defendants the opportunity to confront their accusers face-to-face and verdicts where charges are serious are decided by a jury. But amid the coronavirus outbreak, there are no jury trials and many prisoners appear by video-link...

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Potts Lawyers and Corona Virus – Willing and available to assist those who need advice

  The Corona Virus is changing the way that all aspects of our society operate on a daily basis. Like many Australian businesses, small and large, Potts Lawyers is working to adapt to a rapidly changing landscape We will be maintaining a team of solicitors to service all of the legal needs, of all of our clients, during this period.  We remain willing and available to assist those who need advice.    Whilst there have been some changes, our court system is still operating, and we continue to represent people in criminal law and commercial litigation on a daily basis.  Protecting our client’s interests and rights continues...

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Queensland Courts Response to COVID-19 crisis

Queensland Courts Response to COVID-19 crisis In response to the current COVID-19 crisis courts throughout Queensland are instigating a range of measures with a view to limiting the exposure of parties involved in court proceedings to the risk of infection.   Guidelines have now been issued by the Supreme, District and Magistrates courts outlining the steps they will be taking to ensure the health and safety of all parties during the coming period. These include measures such as postponing all new jury trials in the District and Supreme Courts, excusing the personal appearance of defendants in some matters and prioritising the hearing of matters that...

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The definition of murder has been expanded – but is this a step too far?

Before the 1 May 2019, a person could only be convicted of murder in Queensland if it could be shown that the person intended to kill or cause grievous bodily harm to a person. Following the recent passing of the Criminal Code and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 on 1 May 2019, the definition of murder has since been expanded to include death caused by an act done or omission made with reckless indifference to human life. The new definition essentially means that if a person foresees death as a probable consequence of their actions, even though it was not their intention...

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