Queensland Law Society

5. Criminal law in Queensland

Criminal law outcomes have significant impacts on the rights and liberties of Queenslanders. To this end criminal law reform must be evidenced-based and the subject of comprehensive consultation and consideration.

Queensland Law Society calls for a commitment:

  • To review the effect of the Moynihan stage one reforms including its effect on access to justice, contribution to delay and its cause for additional stages/applications in the superior courts
  • To refrain from the creation of new mandatory sentencing regimes and to take steps to repeal the current mandatory sentencing regimes
  • To reducing rates of remand by investigating bail assistance programs for young people and adults, with specific reference to the incarceration rates of First Nations people
  • To implement First Nations Elder visitor programs in Queensland correctional facilities
  • To investigate and implement pilot programs that are alternatives to incarceration, including but not limited to justice reinvestment and court-ordered parole
  • To implement programs to deal with low-level offending, such as increased police drug diversion, adult cautioning, increased ticketing, deferred prosecution arrangements and increased funding for justice mediation
  • To maintaining all specialist courts
  • To not reversing the onus of proof for criminal and regulatory offences
  • To refrain from abrogating the right to claim privilege on the basis of self-incrimination and a commitment not to use derivative evidence
  • To undertake a wholesale review of the Justices Act 1886.

Queensland State Election - 2017 Call to Parties Statement

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