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Bill Potts comments on domestic violence issues in Queensland

Our Founding Director and current Queensland Law Society Deputy President, Bill Potts, was interviewed by the Gold Coast Sun on the funding issues exacerbating domestic violence in Queensland. Although he said the Queensland Government had managed some great results and he was aware funding only went so far, former head of the Queensland Law Society and leading criminal lawyer Bill Potts said a lack of focus on DV perpetrators could be exacerbating the issue. “Within that DV area, while a lot of focus is on victim support and specialist courts there is a massive need for diversion programs for perpetrators,” he said. “The...

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Post-employment Obligations: Restraint of Trade and Non-Solicitation

Article by Jason Papoutsis, Litigation Lawyer What Employees and Employers should know Quite often, when the employer-employee relationship ends, employees often forget that some of the clauses within their employment agreements often extend beyond the employer-employee relationship. Even in circumstances were no employment contract exists, employees might still owe a fiduciary duty to their employer which may extend beyond the employer-employee relationship. Common issues that often arise in relation to restrain of trade and non-solicitation include: former employees working with one of their main competitors and/or divulging trade secrets to that competitor; former employees opening up a new business which directly competes with...

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Social Media Defamation: What to Look Out For

Article by Jason Papoutsis, Litigation Lawyer As defamation lawsuits in relation to publications made on social media like Facebook and Twitter are continuing to rise, it is important to understand how defamation law extends to the internet and whether there are any additional factors that you need to consider before defending or initiating a defamation dispute.   Are Defamatory Publications on Social Media any different from traditional Defamation cases? Generally, defamation occurs when defamatory material relating to an individual is published. The defamatory publication simply needs to be: communicated by the defendant to a third party other than the plaintiff; must identify the plaintiff;...

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Bill Potts comments on Aussie Rules player Daniel Lock’s penalty

Our Founding Director and current Queensland Law Society Deputy President, Bill Potts, was interviewed by Janessa Ekert of the Cairns Post. He commented on the penalty imposed by the Queensland District Court at Cairns on Aussie Rules veteran, Daniel Lock, who plead guilty to causing grievous bodily harm. Former Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts said the result was unsurprising and it would have taken extreme gratuitous violence completely outside the play to result in a custodial sentence. He said the precedent for this type of case was set during the '80s and involved former Brisbane Lions coash Leigh Matthews while...

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Changes to the Mental Health Act and how this affects people charged with criminal offences in the Magistrates Court

There were changes to the Queensland laws surrounding mental health in March 2017 when the Mental Health Act 2016 commenced, replacing the Mental Health Act 2000. Changes to the way charges in the Magistrates Court are dealt with under the Mental Health Act Perhaps one of the biggest changes to new Mental Health Act is the express powers provided to the Magistrates Court to deal with people charged with simple offences (offences punishable in the Magistrates Court). Previously, the Magistrates Court had little power to make orders for matters where the defendant may have been of unsound mind at the time of an offence or...

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Are our Courts too lenient on Domestic Violence Offenders?

The presence of domestic violence in Australia has never been so topical and news-worthy. Victims of domestic violence, focus groups, the community, the government, and the courts have all made it very clear that domestic violence will not be tolerated in Australia. A recent sentence handed down by the Queensland Court of Appeal (the highest court in Queensland) has generated a large amount of public attention and questions have been raised as to whether our courts are being too lenient on perpetrators of domestic violence. In the matter of R v Kelley, Mr Kelley came before the court charged with Assault Occasioning...

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What should I wear to court?

This is a question that can often cause people to feel a great deal of anxiety.  This worry is often increased by the fact that the question often fails to arise until the very night before a person is required to attend court. So we have a situation where a person may already be stressed about the morning’s court appearance and suddenly they are struck with the query “what do I wear?” The good news is that the answer comes down to a single word “respect.” A Judge or Magistrate is required by law to take into account a long list of matters...

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I am receiving a Centrelink payment. What are my obligations? What happens if I fail to meet my obligations?

If you are receiving a social security payment, you need to be aware of your obligations. If you fail to meet these obligations, you can be charged with an offence in addition to having your payment cancelled. For this reason, it is important to ensure strict compliance with the requirements under the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 (Cth). It must be stressed that this information is not exhaustive and does not constitute legal advice. If you would like specific and detailed information regarding your obligations as a Centrelink recipient, you should seek our advice. WHAT ARE MY OBLIGATIONS? Your obligations as a welfare...

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