News

  • ‘To have a child who he would never know’ – Consideration of the posthumous removal and use of sperm

    02 October 2018

    In the recent decision of Re Cresswell [2018] QSC 142, her Honour Justice Brown delivered the first Queensland judgment to consider the court’s jurisdiction to order a person’s entitlement to possess and use spermatozoa (sperm) removed from a deceased person.

  • Dispute Resolution

    Recent amendments to the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 (Qld) regarding Subpoenas

    21 September 2018

    The Uniform Civil Procedure (Subpoenas) Amendment Rule 2018 brings the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 (Qld) into alignment with Part 24 of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) in relation to subpoenas.

    The UCPR is now more responsive to changing technologies, as it accommodates electronic methods in the issuing of subpoenas and production of documents and seeks to minimise arguments about costs of compliance.

  • Replacement Information Security Policy

    06 September 2018

    Agencies are currently required to comply with Information Security Information Standard (IS18:2009).

  • Building

    Mandatory combustible cladding checklist applies from 1 October 2018

    20 August 2018

    The Building and Other Legislation (Cladding) Amendment Regulation 2018 will commence on 1 October 2018 and will require building owners to complete an online checklist and submit the results to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) by 20 March 2019. The regulation has been made in response to recent fires that have been linked to combustible cladding materials.

  • Woolworths Food Act prosecution

    28 June 2018

    On 08 June 2018 Woolworths Ltd entered pleas of guilty in the Cairns Magistrates Court to 12 charges of breaching the Food Act 2006. In house counsel for Crown Law appeared for Queensland Health to prosecute this matter.