Online CPD training

Crown Law’s free Online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Training Program assists lawyers and non-lawyers in Queensland Government with the development and maintenance of their legal knowledge. All course content is comprehensive and practical and has been developed specifically for government officers by senior Crown Law lawyers. Our CPD Training Program is available to Queensland Government only.

On successful completion, participants will be eligible to claim one CPD point per module. Each module takes about one hour to complete.

Crown Law has four free online CPD modules available to all government officers:

  • Introduction to Government Law
  • The Model Litigant Principles
  • Legal Professional Privilege
  • Statutory interpretation.
Introduction to Government Law
  • Overview of the principles and obligations of public sector lawyers under the Public Service Act 2008
  • administration of the public service and public service offices (CEOs, senior executives and the Public Service Commission)
  • employment and discipline within the public services
  • delegations
  • the functions and role the Crime and Corruption Commission plays if the Public Service Act is not adhered to.
The Model Litigant Principles

This module is based on the Queensland Government's formal Model Litigant Principles, which reflect the community's and the courts' expectation that the State conduct itself in a manner that exemplifies the principles of justice.

The course discusses:

  • where did the Model Litigant Principles come from and why is the State subject to them?
  • who is required to follow the Principles?
  • what are the Model Litigant Principles and how are they applied?
Legal Professional Privilege

This module provides a definition of legal professional privilege and an examination of its three mandatory requirements. The module includes:

  • what is legal professional privilege?
  • elements of legal professional privilege
  • expert reports
  • documents obtained via non-party disclosure
  • claiming and challenging privilege
  • waiver of privilege.
Statutory Interpretation

The purpose of this module is to provide guidance to Government officers on the main areas of statutory interpretation law. Topics include:

  • the modern approach to interpretation: purpose and context
  • extrinsic material in interpretation
  • principle of 'legality'
  • Crown not bound by statute or criminal sanctions
  • legislation is presumed to operate prospectively
  • legislation is presumed not to have extraterritorial effect
  • overview of the Acts Interpretation Act 1954 (Qld)
  • the meaning of the term ‘the scope of an Act'.
Enrolling

Queensland Government officers can complete the Online CPD enrolment form to register for our courses. Once your form has been processed, you will receive email instructions on how to enrol in the course.

CPD enrolments are valid for one month. If your enrolment expires before completing a course,  you will need to re-enrol.

Crown Law staff have immediate access to the course and are not required to complete an enrolment form.