Confidentiality surrounding Domestic Violence Proceedings

by Andrew Lind on 6 July, 16

Social media platforms have granted people the ability to communicate and publish information to a wide cross sections of the community with a click of a button.  However before you take it upon yourself to hold someone accountable for domestic violence allegations and wrongs you believe have been committed, please consider Section 159 of the Domestic and Family Protection Act 2012 (QLD).  This section prohibits you from sending, communicating, posting or causing material to be sent, communicated or posted to any other person that relates to domestic violence proceedings. This section specifically relates to material that contains evidence used in Court or that identifies any of the parties to the proceedings (including the Respondent).

A Domestic Violence Protection Order is not a criminal conviction against the alleged perpetrator it is a Civil Order. However, under the Act, the conduct mentioned above is a criminal offence and is punishable by a maximum of 100 penalty units or 2 years imprisonment.

For more information regarding the publication of domestic violence related material or about domestic violence proceedings generally read this article here.

Please contact our Business Development Team on 07 3252 0011 to arrange an appointment with one of our Family Lawyers today.

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