Anastasia Qvist is an outstanding lawyer. My criminal law situation (family violence order) was difficult, complex and Ana's diligence saved me as I was going through the most difficult period of my life. Ana is down to earth, commonsense and she even kept our costs to a minimum. She is a skilled litigator and knows the ins and outs of the ACT Magistrates Court. She dealt skillfully with the DPP and is an excellent negotiator. You will get a fair representation and she genuinely cares about her clients. She has my complete recommendation. The lady goes to bat for her clients.
I would strongly recommend Anastasia to anyone who is seeking legal representation. As a first-time offender who was charged with a Level 2 Drink Driving offence, she walked me through every step of the matter and was very upfront and clear on all aspects of my case. She was always accessible when I needed advice. Her approach and advice were excellent. Under her representation, I received the best possible outcome and managed to avoid a criminal conviction. She was a pleasure to deal with throughout the whole matter.
Anastasia Qvist was very professional and helpful in every step of my matter. I got a very good outcome and I can’t thank you enough for your hard work and the Armstrong Legal team in Canberra. I would highly recommend her!!!
Throughout Angela has been the consummate professional. She maintained a calm, yet strong demeanour remained informative and completely open in her communication and took complete ownership of the situation. We felt confident we finally had an advocate to steer us out of the nightmare we were in, and she did so with great respect and sincerity. I cannot speak more highly of Angela. She has literally rescued our family from what looked very much like a hopeless future.
Words can’t describe how grateful I am to Trudie Cameron being my solicitor and to Andrew Tiedt presenting my case in the court. They both have been very supportive and amazingly professional and effective. I’ve got an absolutely fantastic outcome I couldn’t even dream about.
Soon after meeting Andrew I knew he was the solicitor I wanted to handle my matter. He immediately sprang into action which brought me stability and hope during a tumultuous time in my life. Andrew was never afraid to give me straight answers to my tough questions which is a true mark of integrity. He is clearly at ease in the court environment and I believe his calm and measured demeanour went a long way to helping me secure the best result from my day in court. I would certainly recommend you approach Andrew if you need assistance.
"Andrew Tiedt was very professional and considerate to personal circumstances and gave sound advice that resulted in the best outcome possible. Highly recommended."
Commissions are investigative bodies created by statute with the purpose of investigating matters or issues of public concern and making findings. In Australia, there are a number of different commissions which focus on investigating criminal activity and crime. Such commissions have been given significant statutory powers to enable them to investigate crime.
The different types of commissions are detailed below.
Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission
The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) is a criminal intelligence agency that was established in 2016 with the merging of the Australian Crime Commission and CrimTrac. ACIC works with each of the states and territories as well as national and international partners in order to investigate crime, criminal groups and to gather criminal intelligence and other information to improve Australia’s crime responses. The ACIC deals with criminal syndicates, serious drug related offending, cybercrime and matters of national and international security.
Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC)
The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) was founded in 1988 following public concern about corruption and the integrity of the NSW public service. ICAC has three primary objectives:
- To investigate corrupt conduct in the New South Wales public sector.
- To prevent corruption through detection, advice and guidance.
- To educate the NSW public and the public sector about the impact of corruption.
ICAC’s jurisdiction does not enable investigation into the NSW Police Force or the NSW Crime Commission but rather NSW public officials such as government employees, ministers and office holders.
ICAC reports to the Inspector of ICAC and the Parliamentary Committee on ICAC. It also reports to the public about the work it undertakes through publication of its reports on its website.
NSW Crime Commission
The New South Wales Crime Commission was founded in 1996 and has extensive powers to investigate criminal activity in NSW and, if appropriate, refer matters for prosecution.
The commission investigates criminal activity and serious crime within NSW. It also administers the Criminal Assets Recovery Act 1990 (NSW) under its two divisions; the Criminal Investigations Division and the Financial Investigations Division.
Criminal Investigations Division
The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) investigates homicide, terrorism and drug offences as well as financial and money laundering activity. Following investigations they share intelligence with partner agencies such as the NSW Police Force and the Commission’s Financial Investigations Division (FID).
Financial Investigations Division
The Financial Investigations Division (FID) deals with the Criminal Assets Recovery Act 1990 (NSW) and has the authority to recover proceeds of crime through the NSW Supreme Court. The NSW Crime Commission has the authority to apply for restraining orders, which prevent a person disposing of property. The FID uses forensic accounting experts to analyse and disrupt criminal activity. It also works with the Criminal Investigations Division (FID).
Law Enforcement Conduct Commission
The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC), formerly known as the Police Integrity Commission was formed in 2017 to oversee the NSW Police Force and the NSW Crime Commission. It replaced the Police Integrity Commission and the Police Division of the Office of the Ombudsman. It deals with police misconduct and employee or Crime Commission officer misconduct. The LECC has the authority to start disciplinary proceedings following a finding that a public official or the commission has engaged in misconduct.
The LECC reports to the Inspector of the LECC and the Parliamentary Joint Committee.
A Royal Commission is the highest form of inquiry of public importance. Royal Commissions can be initiated by a state or the commonwealth. The purpose of a royal commission is to uphold the peace and order of the country. Previous Royal Commissions have investigated financial services, child abuse, drug offences, various industries (sugar, powellised timber, fruit, pearl-shelling) and many others.
Royal Commissions are held in accordance with the Royal Commissions Act 1902 (Cth).
If you require any information about commissions or any other legal matter phone Armstrong Legal on 1300 038 223 or send us an email.
WHERE TO NEXT?
If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.
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