He is also working on updates to material on Cultural Heritage (Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders) and Child Welfare (Family Law) for The Laws of Australia, which will publish in early 2012.
Nicholas is embarking on a major enhancement of Summary Offences Queensland, with the addition of 4 brand new chapters on the topics of:
- Mental Health
- Victims of Crime
- Drugs Court
These Chapters will enrich the coverage of the service and are due to publish in late 2011 and early 2012. Paper subscribers will be receiving a new binder in the coming months which will hold these new Chapters.
A Barrister at the Queensland Bar, Nicholas specialises in commercial law. He also undertakes work in the family and criminal and childrens jurisdictions, in addition to his work in relation to family provisions.
Nicholas holds a degree in Economics from Sydney University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Queensland and will graduate with a Master of Laws from The Australian National University in 2012 prior to embarking on a PhD. He is also a certified management consultant, (CMC) and experienced mediator having practised internationally for over 15 years.
Nicholas is the current Chairperson of the Queensland Child Witness support agency (PACT). PACT represents the interests of child victims and witnesses in the criminal justice system. Its aim is to enhance child protection by reducing the trauma experienced by children and young people (aged 3-17 years) who are required to give evidence within the criminal justice system as victims or witnesses.
Nicholas is also the Deputy Chair of the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council, a 12-member independent body that is to improve the transparency of sentencing decisions in Queensland, leading to reform and increased accountability around sentencing. The Council has handed down its first report to the Queensland Government on Standard Non Parole Periods and this was tabled in parliament on 11 September 2011.
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