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Peter Callaghan SC

Contact

E     pcsc@8pt.com.au 

P     07 3369 7900

M    0419 641 360

F     07 3369 7098

Areas of Practice

Criminal Law

Appellate

Administrative Law

Civil & Human Rights/Discriminations

Inquests / Commissions of Inquiry / Statutory Tribunals

Professional History

Peter Callaghan was admitted as a Barrister in 1986.

He worked as a Crown Prosecutor for the Commonwealth, ACT and Queensland DPPs until 1995, and has been in practice at the Bar since then.  He was appointed Senior Counsel (Silk) in 2004.

Service to the Queensland Bar Association has included membership of the Bar Council, the Editorial Committee of the Bar News, the Criminal Law Committee, and as one of the Association’s Ethics Counsellors. He has been a frequent contributor to the Bar’s CPD program, and in 2013 was part of the BAQ delegation that provided training to lawyers in Papua New Guinea.

In 2011 he was appointed as Counsel assisting Holmes JA in her conduct of the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry.

Between 2008 and 2011 he was a member of the Board of Legal Aid Queensland. He is a past President of the Queensland Branch of the International Commission of Jurists and of the Law and Justice Institute (Qld) Inc.

Notable Cases

Criminal Law

Tardrew v DPP 1988 FCA 156 | Extradition

Donnelly v Rose [1993] QCA 22; [1995] 1 QDR 148 | Possession of minute amounts of a dangerous drug

R v Ozdemir [1993] QCA 463 | Principles applicable to sentencing for perjury

R v Wishart and Jenkins [1993] QCA 563 | Principles applicable to time spent in custody prior to sentence

R v Noble and Verheyden [1994] QCA 283; (1996) 1 QdR 329; 73 A CrimR 379 | Whether injury should be taken into account as a mitigating factor when sentencing

R v Shaw [1995] QCA 045; [1996] 1 QdR 641; (1995) 78 A CrimR 150 | Considers concept of ‘consent’; ’flight’ as evidence indicative of a guilty conscience

R v Walbank [1995] QCA 149; (1995) 79 A CrimR 180 | Judge’s obligation to rule on admissibility of involuntary confession

R v Griffith [1995] QCA 159; (1995) 79 A CrimR 125 | Admissibility of opinion evidence as to identification

R v L ex parte Attorney General [1995] QCA 444; (1996) 2 QdR 63 | Whether delay is a mitigating factor in sentencing

R v Ivan Milat [1996] NSW SC 382 | Statistical validity of DNA databases

R v S [1998] QCA 303; (2000) 1 QdR 546 | Evidence of ‘coaching’ a complainant

R v Lowrie and Ross [1999] QCA 305; (2000) 2 QdR 529 | Correct application of ss7(1)(b) and 7(1)(c) of the Criminal Code

R v Abbott [1999] QCA 425 | Cumulative sentences/totality principle

R v Mackenzie [2000] QCA 324; (2002) 1 QdR 410 | Sentencing for manslaughter against background of domestic violence

R v Gilles [2000] QCA 503; (2002) 1 QdR 404 | Sentencing for total criminality/difficulty in ascertaining range

R v Edwards, Heferen and Georgiou [2000] QCA 508; (2002) 1 QdR 203 | Irregularities with a jury

R v B ex parte Attorney General [2001] QCA 059 | Adequacy of particulars

R v Fahey & Others [2001] QCA 082 | Power to amend indictment after verdict

R v Charles [2001] QCA 320; (2001) 123 A CrimR 253 | Whether direction given on s23(1A) of the Code without reference to s23(1)(b) is misleading

R v Butler [2001] QCA 385 | DNA evidence

R v York [2001] QCA 408 | Exercise of discretion under s15 of the Evidence Act 1977

R v S [2001] QCA 501; (2001) 125 A CrimR 526 | Severance in case of multiple complainants, conduct of Crown Prosecutor, ‘expert’ evidence about behaviour of victims

R v Fairfax [2002] QCA 228 | Per Jerrard JA, on the role of a Court of Appeal

R v Smillie [2002] QCA 341 | Inconsistent verdicts

Henry v DPP [2003] QCA 2 | Relevance of cash deposits on bail applications

Maroney v R [2003] HCA 63; 216 CLR 31 | Concept of ‘supplying’ a drug to self

R v B [2003] QCA 68 | Orders under s19 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act

R v Betts [2003] QCA 159 | Sentencing for wilful damage to property

R v Wiggins [2003] QCA 367 | Relevance of offer to plead guilty to only offence of which convicted

R v Middleton [2003] QCA 431 | Correct form of direction to a jury when intoxication is an issue

R v Sambo [2003] QCA 443 | Applicability of s8 of the Code; admissibility of hearsay statements claiming responsibility for a killing

R v Ettridge [2003] QCA 488 | Objective contract theory

R v ND [2003] QCA 505; (2004) 2QdR 307 | Inadequacy of legal representation as a ground of appeal

R v Reid [2004] QCA 9 | Relevance to penalty of fact that accused was a police officer

R v Young [2004] QCA 84 | Proper form of direction when self defence is an issue

R v Huebner [2004] QCA 98 | Need for warning as to the limited use which can be made of similar fact evidence

R v Corry [2005] QCA 087 | Where need for a direction about self-defence against a provoked assault

R v Daley [2005] QCA 162 | Petition for a pardon pursuant to s672A of the Criminal Code

R v Sheppard  [2005] QCA 235 | Conduct of legal practitioners

Uittenbosch v Department of Corrective Services [2005] QCA 300 | Principles applicable to sentence of a juvenile

Darkan v R [2006] HCA 34; (2006) 228 ALR 334; (2006) ALJR 1250 | Meaning of “probable” in s8 of the Criminal Code

R v Butler [2006] QCA 51 | Evidence that might prove intent; directions about “similar facts”

R v HAB [2006] QCA 80 | Need for a trial judge to direct juries about s21AW(2) of the Evidence Act

R v QD [2006] QCA 132 | Competence of legal representation

R v Ford ex Parte Attorney General (Qld) [2006] QCA 440 | Requirement to present indictment within six months

R v Bivolaru [2006] QCA 527 | Directions needed when Prosecution relies on evidence of voice identification

R v LT [2006] QCA 534 | Procedural irregularities with indictments

Reid v The Queen [2006] HCA Trans 666 | Meaning of word ‘intent’ in s317(b) of the Criminal Code

Powell v Jimmy’s On The Mall [2006] QCA 140 | Question of “knowledge” for purposes of Liquor Act

Parsons v Raby [2007] QCA 098 | Nature of appeal from decision of a magistrate

R v Pretorious [2007] QCA 432 | Directions required when identification as issue

Witheyman v Van Riet and Ors [2008] QCA 168; [2008] 2 QdR 587; [2008] 185 A CrimR 492 | Prosecution under the Integrated Planning Act

R v Ferguson ex Parte AG [2008] QCA 227; [2008]186 A crimR 483 | Prejudicial publicity before a trial

R v Hooper ex Parte Commonwealth DPP [2008] QCA 308 | Principles applicable to a “no conviction” bond under Commonwealth legislation

Jones v The Queen [2009] HCA 17; (2009) 254 ALR 626; (2009) 83 ALJR 671 | Admissibility of evidence about the propensity of a co-accused

R v Farrell  [2009] QCA 99 | Sentencing for receiving

R v Robinson [2009] QCA 250; [2009] 233 FLR 443 | Prosecution under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act

R v Cuskelly [2009] QCA 375 | The different form of self-defence involved in defending a dwelling house

RA v The Queen [2009] QDC 432 | Whether s229B of the Criminal Code (Qld) is constitutionally valid

R v Melling [2010] QCA 307 | Need for Direction as to accessorial liability

Whitelaw v O’Sullivan [2010] QCA 366 | Interpretation of Police Powers and Responsibilities Act

R v McMillan [2010] QSC 309 | Admissibility of evidence obtained in breach of the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act

Cox v the State of Western Australia [2011] WASCA 30 | Application of the West Australian Criminal Investigation Act

R v BBZ [2011] QCA 62 | Extension of time within which to appeal after three-year delay

R v DBE [2012] QCA 270 | Directed acquittal following conviction for rape – Jury’s verdict unreasonable

R v Jo [2012] QCA 356 | Prosecution for tax avoidance, requiring interpretation of ss6(1) and 44 Income Tax Assessment Act 1936

Williams v The Queen [2013] NTCCA 12 | Sentencing for manslaughter in the Northern Territory

R v Dunrobin [2013] QCA 175 | Need for specific directions on section 24 of the Criminal Code

R v Brown [2013] QSC 299 | Stay of proceedings because of statement by Premier – see now [2013] QCA 337

R v SBX [2013] QCA 045 | Jury’s conviction in absence of any evidence to support charge

R v Rogers [2013] QCA 192 | No conviction recorded in case of “sexting”

Munda v The State of W.A. [2013] HCA trans 136 | Principles affecting disposition of appeals – see now Munda v W.A [2013] HCA 38

Da Silva v DPP [2013] QSC 316 | Relevance of “criminal organisation” to bail application – (see amended legislation)

R v FAE [2014] QCA 69 | Need for directions when evidence replayed to a jury

R v SCG [2014] QCA 118 | Application of principle developed in R v FAE

R v Beetham [2014] QCA 131 | The other side of the proposition that "one punch can kill"

R v Rix [2014] QCA 278 | Relevance, to sentence, of PTSD suffered as a result of military service

Peterson v Ipswich City Council [2016] QDC 007 | Prosecution for Electoral Offences

R v Crouch; R v Carlisle [2016] QCA 081 | Sentencing for major fraud

 

Administrative Law        

Payne v Deer [1999] QSC 124; (2000) 1QdR 535 | Manifestly unreasonable decisions/improper exercise of power

Cornack v Fingleton [2002] QSC 391; (2003) 1QdR 667 | Judicial independence/improper exercise of power

Commissioner of Police v Clements and Ors [2005] QSC 203; (2006) 1 QdR 210 | Access to information/death in custody

Doomadgee and Anor v Clements and Ors [2005] QSC 357; (2006) 2QdR 352 | Access to information/death in custody

Chapman v Richards and Anor [2008] QSC 164 | Costs orders under Judicial Review Act

CMC v Swindells and Ors [2009] QSC 409 | Manifest unreasonableness/improper exercise of power

Hannigan v Ragh and Anor [2010] QSC 242 | Ambit of appeal against severity of sanction

Townsville Housing Resources Unit v Flegg [2013] QSC 096 | Review of decision to abolish program assisting tenants

Attorney-General for the State of Queensland v Barnes and another [2014] QCA 152 | Setting aside the decision of a coroner

 

Inquests

Commissioner of Police v Clements and Ors [2005] QSC 203; [2006] 1 QdR 210 | Death in custody

Doomadgee and Anor v Clements and Ors [2005] QSC 357; (2006) 2QdR352 | Death in custody

Death in Custody 12 February 2007 COR 496/04 (9) | Restraint asphyxia; amphetamine toxicity; use of force training; extraneous information in autopsy reports

 

Other

Enquiry Pursuant to s429 Mental Health ACT

Schirmer v Queensland Health [2005] QSC 353 | Lawfulness of detention pursuant to s429 of the Mental Health Act

 

Tribunals

Gympie Turf Club Inc v Queensland Thoroughbred Racing Board [2002] QRAA 26 | Breach of natural justice by racing authority

Commissioner for Children and Young People v Maher [2004] QCA 492 | Question of “exceptional case” in application for “blue card”

Queensland Racing v Abbott [2005] QDC 126 | Nature of appeal to District Court, question of costs where appeal is brought to establish principle

Maund v Queensland Racing [2005] QRAT 2 | Disqualification for prohibited substance

Wurzbacher v QHRB [2005] QRAT 15 | Failure to drive horse on merits

Edmunds MA [2005] QRAT 34 | Disqualification for prohibited substance

Petroff v HRQ [2008] QRAT 18 | Failure to drive horse on merits

MHRC Rocklea v HRQ [2009] QRAT 12 | Licensing of harness racing club

Queensland Racing v McMahon [2010] QCAT 86 | Nature of review, by QCAT, of “First Level Appeals” Committee – see now [2010] QCATA 73

 

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