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Time, delay and nonfeasance: The Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 (Queensland)
Alternative Law Journal (2006)
  • Patrick Keyzer
  • Suzanne O'Toole
Abstract
This article critically analyses the practical effect of the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 (Qld) and argues that delay in producing originating applications under the Act not only undermines procedural fairness but also subverts the purpose of the legislation. The article analyses the cases in which the issue of delay has been raised as a basis for objecting to an application under the Act by the Attorney-General. It then proposes improvements to the practices of Queensland government departments that will help ensure proceedings under the Act reflect the principles of procedural fairness. While the article focuses on Queensland, some of these issues are likely to arise in the preventive detention regimes in New South Wales and Western Australia.
Keywords
  • Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 (Qld),
  • delay,
  • application
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Publication Date
January 1, 2006
Publisher Statement
Citation only.

Keyzer, P. & O'Toole, S. (2006). Time, delay and nonfeasance: The Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 (Queensland). Alternative Law Journal, 31 (4), 198-202

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© Copyright Patrick Keyzer and Suzanne O'Toole, 2006
Citation Information
Patrick Keyzer and Suzanne O'Toole. "Time, delay and nonfeasance: The Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 (Queensland)" Alternative Law Journal Vol. 31 Iss. 4 (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/patrick_keyzer/16/