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27 November 2014 – Make a difference in the profession and your community – join a QLS policy committee

As a member of one of our 27 policy and advisory committees,  you will contribute our advocacy on  current public issues, State Government Bills and potential areas of law reform.

17 November 2014 – New property legislative scheme to commence on 1 December 2014

The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie MP has announced 1 December 2014 as the commencement date for the four pieces of legislation that will replace the current Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act 2000 (PAMDA).

25 October 2014 – Regional legal pioneer recognised for leadership

Queensland Law Society is proud to announce Queensland legal pioneer, Vicki Jackson as this year’s Agnes McWhinney Award winner.

23 October 2014 – QLS welcomes timely new appointments

Queensland Law Society today congratulated the four new appointees to the District Court, and welcomed the Court’s new Judge Administrator.

17 October 2014 – Leading light leaves the bench

Queensland Law Society farewelled a judicial pioneer at Chief Judge Patricia Wolfe’s valedictory ceremony today.

16 October 2014 – QLS welcomes Judge Kerry O’Brien to new appointment

Queensland Law Society today welcomes Judge Kerry O'Brien’s appointment as Chief Judge of the District Court of Queensland.

8 October 2014 – Back to work at Brisbane Magistrates Court

It is ‘business as usual’ today at Brisbane Magistrates Court after a burst water pipe inundated the lift well and plant room, forcing closure of the building yesterday.

7 October 2014 – Burst water pipe closes Brisbane Magistrates Court

A burst water pipe in the Brisbane Magistrates Court at 363 George Street, Brisbane City, has caused the closure of the building today. All court matters listed for today have been adjourned.

7 October 2014 – Legal profession’s changing face

Queensland Law Society’s 2013-14 annual report results have uncovered some significant facts about the makeup of the state’s legal profession and factors affecting practice.

29 September 2014 – Major events law no cause for celebration

At a public hearing today, Queensland Law Society stated concerns about proposed legislation that would give event volunteers the power to search people, their possessions and vehicles.

13 September 2014 – Queensland young solicitor wins national award

Queensland Law Society proudly congratulates Women's Legal Service principal solicitor Kara Cook for winning the Law Council of Australia’s (LCA’s) 2014 Australian Young Lawyer of the Year Award.

4 September 2014 – Legal assistance sector project funding

For the next three years, the Queensland Government has set aside approximately $500,000 per annum for delivery of innovative projects that have a legal assistance sector-wide focus or benefit.

25 August 2014 – Legal profession mourns death of Cedric Hampson QC

Queensland Law Society says there is deep sadness in the legal community regarding the death of Cedric Hampson AO QC on the weekend.

8 August 2014 – Inquiry should address crime, not just punishment

Queensland Law Society said the state’s criminal law strategies must be based on evidence, ahead of an appearance at the government’s parliamentary committee hearing today.

24 July 2014 – Safer strategies needed for Safe Night Out

Queensland Law Society today commended the government for tackling alcohol-related violence but stated they may not achieve their desired outcome.

20 June 2014 – Queensland Law Society annual report awarded for insight

The Queensland Law Society 2012-13 Annual Report is now an award-winner, picking up bronze at the Australasian Reporting Awards last night.

19 June 2014 – New Magistracy appointments

Queensland Law Society today congratulated two former members Deputy Chief Magistrate Ray Rinaudo and Magistrate Leanne O’Shea who were appointed as Chief Magistrate and Deputy Chief Magistrate, respectively.

12 June 2014 – Queensland Law Society welcomes Chief Justice appointment

Queensland Law Society today warmly welcomed the appointment of the Chief Magistrate, The Honourable Judge Tim Carmody QC, to the role of Chief Justice.

11 June 2014 – Access to Justice Scorecard survey – your say on our justice system

We need your response to assess our justice system including the fairness of our laws, affordability of legal services and people’s access to dispute resolution and pro bono services. Your input will form the results of our 2014 Access to Justice Scorecard.

26 May 2014 – Call for comments - Inquiry on strategies to prevent and reduce criminal activity in Queensland

Your comments are needed for the Society’s submission on the government’s draft terms of reference for an inquiry into criminal activity.

20 May 2014 – Amalgamation of Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal

The federal government has announced that the Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal will be amalgamated with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and the Classification Review Board and come within the portfolio of the Federal Attorney-General’s Department.

14 May 2014 – Relocation of Brisbane Children's Court

The Brisbane Childrens Court was relocated to 363 George Street on 5 May 2014. A fact sheet containing relevant information is now available.

15 April 2014 – Law Week 2014 12-18 May – Celebrating the legal profession

Queensland Law Society celebrates Law Week the legal profession and their community contributions, with a range of activities for professionals and public alike. 

10 April 2014 – QLS welcomes Solicitor-General and Electoral Commissioner appointments

Queensland Law Society today welcomed the appointments of Queensland’s new Solicitor-General and Electoral Commissioner.

4 April 2014 – Policy paper launch to unpack mandatory sentencing issues

Queensland Law Society launched its mandatory sentencing policy paper today that unpacks significant issues relating to costs and transparency.

28 March 2014 – Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 commences today

The Governor has today assented to the Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014

26 March 2014 – 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.

18 March 2014 – Harsher punishment does not reduce youth crime

Queensland Law Society and the Youth Advocacy Centre today cautioned that the government’s proposed changes to youth justice would not reduce reoffending.

26 February 2014 – Symmetry in Chief Justice’s Governor appointment

Queensland Law Society today warmly welcomed the Premier’s announcement that Chief Justice Paul de Jersey will become the state’s next Governor.

21 February 2014 – President’s Medal silver lining to five-year nightmare

On Friday 21 February Queensland Law Society awarded its prestigious 2014 President’s Medal to solicitor John Sneddon for his work in freeing Australian Marcus Lee from a nightmare five years in Dubai.

9 January 2014 – Restrictive practices no restraint on humane treatment

Queensland Law Society today welcomed proposed amendments to the Disability Services Act 2006 concerning the treatment of adults with intellectual or cognitative disabilities.