Health justice partnership supports Joseph to realise his human rights in Guardianship proceedings

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an agreement by countries around the world, including Australia, to make sure that people with disability are treated equally under the law. Despite being already protected under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the rights of people with disability are often violated.  Persons with impaired capacity, who are involved … Continue reading Health justice partnership supports Joseph to realise his human rights in Guardianship proceedings

Law and health working together to look after the rights of older Queenslanders

The first year of partnership between Caxton Legal Centre and Metro South Health has opened the doors to help for elder abuse in both hospital and community health settings.  The health justice partnership, known as the Older Persons Advocacy and Legal Service (OPALS), began operating from the Princess Alexandra Hospital in August 2019.   OPALS’ focus is on the … Continue reading Law and health working together to look after the rights of older Queenslanders

In Queensland sexual harassment is unlawful EVERYWHERE

What is sexual harassment? Sexual harassment is any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature (including touching, sexual comments, requests or demands for sexual favours, and sexual assault) that happens in circumstances which might humiliate, offend or intimidate the person being harassed. The key feature that distinguishes sexual harassment from conduct that is similar but ok, … Continue reading In Queensland sexual harassment is unlawful EVERYWHERE

More Queenslanders to access help for elder abuse through health justice partnership

More older Queenslanders will have access to help for elder abuse through the expansion of Caxton Legal Centre’s health justice partnership with Metro South Health to begin service delivery at Logan Hospital.  The partnership, known as the Older Persons Advocacy and Legal Service (OPALS) brings together lawyers, social workers and health professionals to achieve proactive early intervention for older patients who are at risk of or experiencing … Continue reading More Queenslanders to access help for elder abuse through health justice partnership

Timely advice relieves pressure on the court system

Luka and his wife Annabel had been together for thirty years but separated suddenly after Annabel applied for a domestic violence order. Luka attended court and received legal advice from a domestic violence duty lawyer. He disagreed with his ex-wife’s statements and wanted to challenge the final protection order.  Luka and Annabel’s matter was listed for hearing several months into the future, a common scenario where two people dispute a domestic violence matter. A contested hearing is stressful … Continue reading Timely advice relieves pressure on the court system

Your rights after severe weather events

Natural disasters can affect our lives in many different ways.    This year, the Queensland storm season has already brought a significant hail event that resulted in widespread damage to property. The following is a general overview of legal issues that you may need to consider if you have been affected by severe weather. Insurance … Continue reading Your rights after severe weather events

Caxton Legal Centre’s Family Law Service helps Ruby avoid court

Ruby wanted to discuss concerns she had about the care of her 10-year-old daughter with the girl’s father.   Ruby arranged a Family Dispute Resolution Conference through her local Family Relationships Centre to discuss things, but her child’s father failed to attend.  Instead, the father arranged for his own solicitor to draft a parenting plan and sent that to Ruby.  Family law and … Continue reading Caxton Legal Centre’s Family Law Service helps Ruby avoid court

People need more assistance to go through domestic violence proceedings – Gracie’s story

Gracie, a 20-year-old university student, broke up with her boyfriend, Jack, who was significantly older than her. Jack had been physically and emotionally abusive towards Gracie throughout their relationship.  Following the breakup, Jack would not leave Gracie alone, continually sending her messages pleading that they get back together. Gracie was fearful of Jack given his history of violence and wanted him to leave her alone. She … Continue reading People need more assistance to go through domestic violence proceedings – Gracie’s story

Caxton Legal Centre joins EveryAGE Counts

Caxton Legal Centre has become a member of the EveryAGE Counts national coalition to end ageism. This diverse and growing coalition of organisations and individuals is committed to achieving this important shift in the way we understand and experience growing older.  By joining the coalition, Caxton Legal Centre commits to the EveryAGE Counts Pledge:  “We stand for a world without ageism where all people … Continue reading Caxton Legal Centre joins EveryAGE Counts

Market Rent Reviews in Manufactured Home Parks during COVID-19 – new laws 

On 25 September 2020 a new regulation was introduced which affects ‘market rent review’ site rent increases that occurred since 19 March 2020 in manufactured home parks in Queensland.  The changes are complicated but are designed to provide some relief to some home owners in this very difficult year.  What the new regulation does  To … Continue reading Market Rent Reviews in Manufactured Home Parks during COVID-19 – new laws