New laws to limit peaceful protest

Today the Queensland Government will debate laws cracking down on protesting in Queensland.  The new laws are likely to be passed shortly and include:  Increased powers for police to stop and search protestors and vehicles  Increased penalties for using a range of ‘lock-on’ devices, whether or not they are intended to cause harm  The laws are purportedly designed … Continue reading New laws to limit peaceful protest

Older Persons Advocacy and Legal Service Update: Building collaboration across health and justice sectors

OPALS is “live”! OPALS officially commenced on 5 August 2019.  It started in the Princess Alexandra Hospital and surrounding health area but will roll-out across Metro South.  It is the first of its kind in Queensland.  Prior to 5 August, Caxton staff and our partners at Metro South Health worked diligently behind the scenes to develop how … Continue reading Older Persons Advocacy and Legal Service Update: Building collaboration across health and justice sectors

No justification for new protest laws

While a number of arrests under existing laws have been made during recent climate change protests, Queenslanders have not been provided with truly cogent reasons as to why existing laws are insufficient. “Until clear and compelling evidence of the justification for these new laws is made public we believe that the proposed amendments should not … Continue reading No justification for new protest laws

Family represented by Coronial Assistance Legal Service

Caxton lawyer Yatarla Clarke acted for the family of David Chivers in an inquest before Central Coroner O’Connell in March 2019 as part of our Coronial Assistance Legal Service.  The inquest considered the circumstances of the deaths and presumed deaths of 8 men as a result of two separate incidents involving the capsize of fishing … Continue reading Family represented by Coronial Assistance Legal Service

Coronial Assistance Legal Service in action

In November 2018 Caxton lawyer Klaire Coles acted for the family of Kerri Pike in the inquest into the death of Kerri Pike, Peter Dawson and Tobias Turner before Northern Coroner Wilson over 5 days in Cairns. Rachelle Logan of counsel appeared pro bono for the Pike family. Kerri’s death occurred in a skydiving accident … Continue reading Coronial Assistance Legal Service in action

Caxton Legal Centre welcomes State Government’s removal of children from police watch houses

Caxton Legal Centre welcomes the State Government’s recent action to remove children from police watch houses. Klaire Coles, Director of the Centre’s Coronial and Custodial Justice Practice, said “We consider the practice of children being kept for unacceptable periods of time, sometimes weeks, in watch houses to be unlawful. Children must be moved to more … Continue reading Caxton Legal Centre welcomes State Government’s removal of children from police watch houses

Caxton Legal Centre appoints new CEO

Following a national recruitment search, Caxton Legal Centre is delighted to announce the appointment of Cybele Koning as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective from 1 July, 2019. Cybele previously held the position of Caxton’s Director, Family Law, Domestic Violence and Elder Law Practice and has been working with Caxton for 7 years. Prior to … Continue reading Caxton Legal Centre appoints new CEO

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers

This week Caxton Legal Centre is celebrating National Volunteer Week, recognising the contributions of our 200 hardworking volunteer lawyers and law students. Four nights per week, Caxton opens its doors to offer legal advice to people who would otherwise have very few options for help. Volunteer lawyers come to Caxton after a busy day at work and … Continue reading Thank you to our wonderful volunteers

Financial Protections Service Launch

The Financial Protections Service is aimed at providing independent financial information and advice with a particular focus on improving financial resilience. Service partners will also undertake screening and referral for financial abuse. Below is the speech presented by Townsville Community Legal Service principal solicitor Bill Mitchell, co-designer of the service along with Caxton Legal Centre solicitor … Continue reading Financial Protections Service Launch