In October 2017 Butler and Holt's Indictable Offences in Queensland drop out book launched to mark the first anniversary of the subscription service. The book is available in hardcopy and eBook formats and encompasses the following annotated legislation as well as a revised Thematic Overview:
• Criminal Code Act 1899
• Drugs Misuse Act 1986
• Drugs Misuse Regulation 1987
• Bail Act 1980
• Justices Act 1886
• Jury Act 1995
• Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 1978
• Penalties and Sentences Act 1992
Current to 1 October 2017, Indictable Offences in Queensland provides barristers, solicitors, judges and students with clear, concise guidance on the law governing serious crime in Queensland. The content is taken from the subscription services, Butler and Holt’s Indictable Offences Queensland, available in looseleaf, online and eSub formats.
The expert authoring team was led by General Editors Judge Brendan Butler AM, SC of the District Court of Queensland and Saul Holt QC. Contributing authors Mark McCarthy, Ben Power, Ben Dighton, Paula Morreau and Deborah Holliday revised all existing annotations for currency and provided extensive new commentary incorporating recent case law and legislative developments.
The General Editors summed up the book as follows:
We are privileged to present this text book version of Butler & Holt’s Indictable Offences Queensland looseleaf service which is designed as a portable companion for practitioners and a comprehensive introduction to Queensland Criminal Law for law students. A team of practising criminal barristers has written up to date and succinct commentary to the Criminal Code and associated criminal Statutes with an emphasis on providing the current law in a portable and accessible format.
While coverage of the law is comprehensive, the service is designed to assist busy practitioners to quickly locate the provisions and commentary they need to find. A Thematic Overview section and chapter overviews will guide readers to the provisions relevant to the topics they are interested in.
We trust that this service will prove to be a valuable companion for any Queensland lawyer in criminal practice and essential reading for future criminal lawyers.
Customer Bill McMillan, Barrister-at-Law, provided the following feedback:
The publishers of this compact work have claimed that it is portable and its design is to assist users in quickly finding the most appropriate access to the content they need. In their crafting, the authors have more than achieved that claim. Practitioners in the field of criminal law require a reference book that is portable and quick of reference, whether in Court, chambers or a busy office… I commended this book to all who require answers that have the hallmark of clarity and authority.
This portable volume is designed to help users quickly find the most appropriate access to the content they need, according to the matter before them and their level of experience. The concise and consistently structured annotations to the Criminal Code and other key legislation relating to topics such as drugs, bail and sentencing may provide the information that is required.
The Indictable Offences Queensland subscription work is consistently reviewed by the expert authoring team for currency and is updated and published five times a year. The final update for 2017 will be published in December and the first update for 2018 will be published in March.