Courts

Government says no risk from asbestos at former Brisbane Law Courts site

Kim Stephens Queensland’s Department of Justice says the abandoned Brisbane law courts demolition site poses no threat to public health, after fears were raised it was riddled with asbestos.

Asbestos fears as old courts demolition grinds to a halt

The old courts site.

Kim Stephens An asbestos removalist says a prime CBD development site could be riddled with the cancer causing fibre.

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Bleijie bypasses courts on state's worst sex offenders

Generic prisoner.

Amy Remeikis Fresh from passing the nation’s “toughest bikie laws” Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie will now alter legislation to bypass the courts to keep the state’s “worst sex offenders in jail” for life.

'Courts in crisis' over Newman's remarks

Campbell Newman

Staff Reporters A Queensland judge has adjourned a hearing over comments the premier made about courts granting bail to bikies.

Newman courts hotel builders

Gavel court justice

Daniel Hurst Brisbane's existing Supreme Court site could be used for a four- or five-star hotel development under a Liberal National Party plan to sell off state government-owned CBD land for tourism uses.

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Family courts buckle under load

Justice.

Tony Moore Brisbane's 10 federal magistrates are drowning in family disputes, with the number of cases growing by 9.3 per cent, and the number yet to be finalised swelling by 21 per cent, Australia-wide.

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To televise or not to televise - that's the court's question

scales of justice

Amy Remeikis A decade is long enough to revisit whether television cameras should be allowed in courts, Premier Campbell Newman said.

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City Hall-councillor stoush taken to Supreme Court

Brisbane City Councillor Nicole Johnston.

Kim Stephens Independent Brisbane councillor Nicole Johnston, who has been repeatedly ejected from council meetings, is challenging in the Supreme Court the legislation that governs councillor behaviour.

Allison Baden-Clay - back to where it began

Baden-Clay

Tony Moore Karen Bagenal walks down the Redbank street where she grew up next to her cousin, Allison Baden-Clay.

Government hopes public will forget: Fitzgerald

Corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald has predicted the Queensland government will tone down its

Tony Moore and AAP The Queensland government will tone down its "law and order rhetoric" and "hope the public forgets the damage" done to Queensland's anti-corruption commission, Tony Fitzgerald has predicted.

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Michelle Phan YouTube copyright case: who really suffers?

YouTube sensation Michelle Phan.

Nicolas Suzor and Eleanor Angel, Queensland University of Technology The latest case of a popular YouTube blogger being sued for using music by other artists in her videos without permission raises the question of who really benefits from the re-use of music.

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Chief Justice Tim Carmody notes absence of colleagues at ceremony

Chief Justice Tim Carmody.

Queensland's new Chief Justice Tim Carmody has noted the absence of Supreme Court judges at his welcoming ceremony before making an emotional reference to his critics.

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Premier Campbell Newman peacekeeping mission continues

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman will meet with members of the judiciary on Thursday afternoon in a bid to quell tensions.

Amy Remeikis The government’s peacekeeping mission continues, with Premier Campbell Newman due to meet with key members of the judiciary on Thursday afternoon.

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Queensland flood victims pin hope on class action

More than 4000 people have joined a action over the 2011 floods.

Amy Remeikis Lawyers for Queensland flood victims have filed Australia's largest class action, three and a half years after thousands of homes and businesses were swamped.

Mediation service hoped to ease pain of divorce

Kim Stephens Bitter and costly court battles between warring former spouses could be minimised thanks to a new family mediation service being trialled at Queensland University of Technology health clinics.

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Tony Fitzgerald slams Newman's 'politically motivated' apology

Corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald says Premier Campbell Newman's apology was insincere.

Amy Remeikis Corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald has labelled the government’s attempt at reconciliation with the legal community and voters a “politically motivated expression of regret for its...

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Premier Campbell Newman hits out at media hypocrisy over appeals

Premier Campbell Newman

Amy Remeikis Premier Campbell Newman has hit out at media hypocrisy, saying his government will not stop appealing what it considers "inappropriate" court sentences out of step with community expectations.

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Juries should see criminal histories: LNP

Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie.

Amy Remeikis The state and federal Attorneys-General will be asked to consider allowing juries to the see criminal histories of defendants after a motion was passed at the Liberal National Party state conference.

Campbell Newman unscathed in estimates hearings

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman.

Amy Remeikis You could mistake budget estimates for the LNP state convention.

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Nudgee Junior College staff member facing child sex charges

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Amy Remeikis A 48-year-old staffer at Nudgee Junior College has been charged with indecently dealing with four children under 16.