Queensland Law Society

Youth justice changes – possible commencement tomorrow (27 March 2014)

The Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 was passed, with amendment, by the Legislative Assembly on 18 March 2014. Amendments to the Youth Justice Act 1992 are to commence on assent. We are awaiting confirmation from the Department of Justice and Attorney-General as to whether the Bill receives assent tomorrow. As such, practitioners should be aware it is possible amendments will commence tomorrow - 27 March 2014. We will advise members as soon as we receive confirmation.

The Queensland Courts website usefully states:

The Youth Justice Act 1992 has been amended to permit the publication of identifying information and opening of Childrens Court for repeat offenders. The sentencing principle that detention is a last resort has been removed. In addition, childhood findings of guilt are admissible for adult sentencing, and recidivist motor vehicle offenders residing in Townsville must be sentenced to a boot camp order.

For more information, download the Legislative amendments (Youth Justice Act 1992) information for legal professionals factsheet.

The Society will be hosting a webinar on the amendments this Friday. Details are below:

Topic: Penalties and Sentences Act and Youth Justice Act review - practical guidance for criminal lawyers 
Date: Friday 28 March 2014
Time: 7.45-8.45am 
Location: Online
Presenter:  David Law, Legal Aid Queensland

Register for the webinar