A daily list of the cases to be heard in these State Courts. The list is updated late in the day if you wish to check the list for the following day.
Examples of Summary Offences are Drink Driving, smoking marijuana, offensive conduct or language
Examples of Indictable Offences are murder, robbery, malicious wounding and dangerous driving.
Dealings With Police by Legal Aid has information on topics such as arrest, search and seizure and the questions you must answer for the police.
Can include threats (real) of violence or where a victim is struck without their consent. More serious kinds of assault carry bigger penalties.
Can include instances where you find something and keep it, "borrowing" money without consent, receiving stolen property and obtaining money or goods by false pretences (usually telling lies).
A person charged with shoplifting can be searched by a police officer.
Store staff who believe on reasonable grounds that somebody has stolen from the store can detain the suspect until the police arrive.
Shoplifting is usually punished by a fine, but repeated offences may lead to a jail sentence.
Are you looking for detailed information like this, or contact details for any of the bodies mentioned on this page. If so, then start on our Criminal Law for Lawyers page.
If it isn't there, then start on our Finding Detailed Legal Information page.
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If you have been the victim of a crime, then you may be eligible for assistance fromSupport Services for Victims of Crime
For information on Victim Assist Queensland and referral to support services for victims of crime Call Victims LinkUp on 1300 LINKUP (1300 546 587) 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday (not including public holidays)
Fax: (07) 3109 1901
You may also have other legal rights against the offender. For this you will need to see a lawyer.
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Often it can be hard to understand why a penalty seems to be too light or too hard when we read or hear about it in the media.
Judge for yourself: A Guide to Sentencing in Australia explains in plain English what goes on in the background in deciding the appropriate sentence.
What factors does the court take into account? How much discretion does the judicial officer have? To what extent is the discretion limited? Why is a particular penalty chosen? Why a non-custodial sentence rather than imprisonment? Why a minimum sentence of three years for a bashing rather than, say, ten years? Is the sentence going to be effective? How will we know?
A character reference helps to show the court that people in your daily life think highly of you and that you are a person of good character.
It shows the court that you have good qualities, are not likely to offend again if given a second chance and that a more lenient penalty (sentence) may be appropriate.
If you have been served with a summons or have been requested to attend a police station for any reason, it is best you seek advice from a lawyer.
It is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible - don't leave it to the last minute.
The Law Society of Queensland has a free Law Society Lawyer Referral Service, where you can select area of law, language and suburb.
Smart Guy Needs a Lawyer is a publication aimed at young people who may need to attend court or see a lawyeris a publication aimed at young people who may need to attend court or see a lawyer. It explains how young people should choose a lawyer and what to expect when they see them.
The Courts Website has information on selection, being excused, payment, what is expected of you and gives detailed instructions as to what you must do.
A National Criminal History Record Check or a 'police check' provides a summary of a person's criminal history. It is sometimes requested by organisations as one part of their process to ensure the integrity of their staff or volunteers.
Police Certificate Fees and charges apply.
On the spot fines for things like parking and traffic offences, public transport offences, littering or drinking in a public place are dealt with by the State Penalties Enforcement Registry. For information on how this works, how to dispute a fine or to ask for time to pay are explained at the State Penalties Enforcement Regsitry Website.
They also enforce Court fines. See How SPER Works for a diagram of what happens with all kinds of fines. On the left of that page are a list of topics you may be interested in.