WSX v CMC[2012] QSC 405 and EDC v CMC [2012] QSC 406

We acted for both applicants in this recent decision from the Brisbane Supreme Court.  Both applicants were served with attendance notices to give evidence at the Crime and Misconduct Commission in relation to incidences of major crime.  Both applicants claimed a reasonable excuse not to answer questions relating to their fear of reprisal if they were compelled to answer questions.  The CMC denied that the applicants had a reasonable excuse.  This decision was successfully appealed to the Supreme Court and we obtained costs from the CMC.  The effect of the decision is that both applicants do not have to answer questions under compulsion or face charges of contempt.