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    Criminal Code and Jury and Another Act Amendment Bill 2008
    A number of Australian states and territories, as well as some overseas jurisdictions (including New Zealand), have introduced judge alone criminal trials in higher courts. No Australian jurisdiction allows a trial by judge alone without consent of the accused. Western Australia is currently the only Australian jurisdiction that gives the judge an overriding discretion to decide whether to order

    Recording of Evidence Regulation 2008
    The Recording of Evidence Regulation 1992 (the Regulation) is due to expire and be repealed on 31 August 2008. The Recording of Evidence Act 1962 (the Act) allows the recording of legal proceedings in or before any court, justices, tribunal or judicial person, and for the subsequent transcription of a record. The Regulation prescribes various matters for the Act. The recording of evidence and

    Government Response to the Review of the civil and criminal justice system in Qld Report
    On 28 July 2008, a review of the civil and criminal justice system in Queensland was launched by the Queensland Government. Former Senior Judge Administrator, the Honourable Martin Moynihan AO QC, was appointed to conduct the review and report on the working of Queensland courts in the civil and criminal jurisdictions with a view to making more effective use of public resources. The Terms of Ref

    Government Response to the Review of the civil and criminal justice system in Qld Report
    On 28 July 2008, a review of the civil and criminal justice system in Queensland was launched by the Queensland Government. Former Senior Judge Administrator, the Honourable Martin Moynihan AO QC, was appointed to conduct the review and report on the working of Queensland courts in the civil and criminal jurisdictions with a view to making more effective use of public resources. The Terms of Ref

    Strategic Response to the State Penalties Enforcement Registry outstanding fine pool
    The State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) has been responsible for collecting unpaid fines in Queensland since 2000. It provides debtors with a wide range of flexible payment options to facilitate compliance by debtors. SPER recovers court ordered fines, which are paid into consolidated revenue, and court ordered restitution or compensation which is paid to victims of crime. The effective e

    Penalties and Sentences (Sent Advis Council Amend Bill 2010
    The criminal justice system plays an important role in creating a safe community for Queenslanders. It is vital that the community has confidence in the sentencing process. The Queensland Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 sets out the purposes of sentencing and the guidelines to be followed. It also contains the sentencing options available to the court. The Penalties and Sentences (Sentencing

    Penalties and Sentences (Sent Advis Council Amend Bill 2010
    The criminal justice system plays an important role in creating a safe community for Queenslanders. It is vital that the community has confidence in the sentencing process. The Queensland Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 sets out the purposes of sentencing and the guidelines to be followed. It also contains the sentencing options available to the court. The Penalties and Sentences (Sentencing

    Magistrates entitlements and retirement age
    Section 47 of the Magistrates Act 1991 prescribes that, in addition to salary, Magistrates are to be paid allowances as determined by the Governor in Council. The terms and conditions of Magistrates (other than remuneration as salary) determined by the Governor in Council are published in the Magistrates’ Entitlements booklet. A departmental protocol was established in which proposed changes to Ma

    Referral NonParole Periods Sentencing advisory council
    The Sentencing Advisory Council for Queensland was established under changes to the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 (Qld), to help bridge any gap between community expectations, the courts and government on the complex issue of sentencing criminal offenders. The aims behind the Sentencing Advisory Council will be to promote greater consistency in sentencing; stimulate balanced public debate and

    Penalties and Sentences and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012
    As part of its election commitments, the Government pledged to increase the penalty unit value from $100 to $110; and introduce a nominal administration fee on all criminal justice related outcomes in the Supreme and District ($300) and Magistrates ($100) Courts where an offender is found guilty.  The Penalties and Sentences and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 delivers on these commitments b

    Future of the Sentencing Advisory Council
    The Sentencing Advisory Council is an independent statutory body which was established in December 2010 under amendments to the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992. The Council has six statutory functions which are: to provide its views on the giving or review of guideline judgments prepared by the Court of Appeal; if requested, provide advice to the Attorney-General on sentencing matters; to provide

    endorsement of guide for granting of indemnity or legal assistance
    The Guideline for the Grant of Indemnities and Legal Assistance to State Employees (Employees’ Guideline), the Guideline for the Grant of Indemnities and Legal Assistance to Ministers and Assistant Ministers (Ministers’ Guideline) and the Guideline for the Grant of Indemnities and Legal Assistance to Queensland Judicial Officers (Judicial Officers’ Guideline) state the principles and practices for

    Classification of Computer Games and Images and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012
    The National Classification Scheme (NCS) is a cooperative arrangement between Commonwealth, State and Territory governments underpinned by an Intergovernmental Agreement on Censorship and supported by a legislative framework comprising the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 (Cth) (the Commonwealth Act) and complementary State and Territory legislation. The relevant Q

    Justice and other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013
    The Attorney-General is responsible for the administration of over 200 statutes. Periodically, these Acts are reviewed to identify amendments which are desirable for ensuring that the Acts continue to operate in the manner intended. Other amendments to legislation may be identified as a result of court or tribunal decisions or representations by administering agencies and stakeholders. The Jus

    Appointment to Industrial Court of Queensland
    The Industrial Court of Queensland is a superior court of record in Queensland. Mr David Hall retired as president of the Industrial Court of Queensland effective 4 October 2013. Section 243 of the Industrial Relations Act 1999 provides for appointment to the office of president of the court. Cabinet approved that the Honourable Justice Glenn Martin AM be recommended to the Governor in Council fo

    Criminal Law Criminal Organisations Disruptions Bill 2013
    To deliver on the commitment to implement tougher laws to tackle criminal gangs, the Government has implemented a comprehensive package of legislative reforms contained in three Acts: the Tattoo Parlours Act 2013, the Vicious and Lawless Association Disestablishment Act 2013 and the Criminal Law (Criminal Organisations Disruption) Amendment Act 2013. As foreshadowed in Parliament during the Octob

    Penalties and Sentences Indexation Amendment Bill 2013
    The penalty unit is the basic monetary value for most fines and penalty infringement notices (PINs, commonly called ‘tickets’). When an offence is created by legislation, the legislation also prescribes the penalty. In most cases the penalty is prescribed as a multiple of the penalty unit. The value of the penalty unit is prescribed in section 5 of the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 and is $110

    State Development and Public Works Organisation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015
    The State Development and Public Works Organisation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 (the Bill) implements the government’s election commitment to restore community objection rights removed by the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Act 2014 under the former government. The Bill repeals section 47D of the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (SDPWO Act).

    Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015
    A first stage of reforms has been completed in relation to legislative amendments to the Youth Justice Act 1992, Childrens Court Act 1992, and Penalties and Sentencing Act 1992. The Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 provides for the: reinstatement of both the sentencing principle in the Youth Justice Act 1992 that a detention order and detaining of a child in custody for an

    Mental Health Amendment Bill 2016
    The Mental Health Amendment Bill 2016 (the Bill) amends the Mental Health Act 2016 (the Mental Health Act) and the Public Health Act 2005 (the Public Health Act) to support implementation of the Mental Health Act. The Bill amends the Mental Health Act to clarify that oral or written statements made by a person: during an assessment regarding unsoundness of mind or fitness for trial are not admiss

    Appointment of Assisting Psychiatrists to Mental Health Court
    Established under the Mental Health Act 2000, the Mental Health Court determines the mental condition of persons charged with indictable offences, decides on appeals against decisions made by the Mental Health Review Tribunal and considers other matters relating to the detention of patients and applications for changing forensic orders. It also has special powers of inquiry into the lawfulness of

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    12 May, 2016

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