Prosecution and Attorney-Generals Appeals


The Prosecution, Also Called The Crown, Has The Power To Appeal Against Decisions Made In Respect Of Criminal Matters (Either By A Magistrates Or The District Or Supreme Courts). It Is Very Uncommon For Crown Appeals To Be Brought Against Acquittals (That Is, A Finding That A Person Is Not Guilty Of An Offence). It Is Quite Common For Crown Appeals To Be Brought Against Sentences Which They Say Are Manifestly Inadequate, That Is, Too Lenient.

In Addition To The Right Of The Prosecution Or Bring Appeals, The Attorney-General, Who Is A Government Minister, Is Specifically Empowered To Bring Appeals Against Decisions On The Law As Well As Sentences Made And Passed By A Court In Queensland. Attorney-General’s Appeals Are Generally Reserved For Matters Of Widespread Public Interest, Or Matters Of Law Which Are Of General Importance.

If You Have Been Acquitted Of A Charge And Are Now The Subject Of A Prosecution Or Attorney-General’s Appeal It Is Essential That You Obtain Legal Advice And Representation As An Urgent Priority. Similarly, If Your Sentence Is The Subject Of A Crown Appeal It Is Important That You Speak With A Lawyer About Your Case As Soon As Possible.

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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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