Crime & Corruption Commission

Notice to Attend – Notice to Discover

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The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) is an independent agency in Queensland that has responsibility for combating major crime and corruption in Queensland. It has powers of surveillance, investigation and the use of coercive powers to gather intelligence, undertake investigations and manage enforcement proceedings.

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Crime and Corruption Commission Powers

Before you can decide how to manage your rights and responsibilities, you must first understand them.
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Crime and Corruption Commission Powers

Before you can decide how to manage your rights and responsibilities, you must first understand them.
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Coercive Hearings & Notices

Background

The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) is an independent agency that has responsibility for combating major crime and corruption in Queensland. It has powers of surveillance, investigation and the use of coercive powers to gather intelligence, undertake investigations and manage enforcement proceedings.

The powers given to the CCC, particularly with respect to its coercive powers, are extensive and far-reaching. Traditional protections, such as the right to refuse to answer questions on the basis of the privilege against self-incrimination are significantly curtailed, as is the right to silence more broadly. Given the highly secretive nature of CCC operations, as well as the broad scope of its powers, the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee (PCCC) has a role under the Crime and Corruption Act 2001 to monitor and review the performance of its operations. Such oversight is designed to provides some balance against the abuse or misuse of its extensive powers.

Consequences of Non-Compliance

Law enforcement agencies such as the CCC have significant powers to compel information and evidence from individuals and corporate entities. In some instances, secrecy provisions prevent people from disclosing that they have been subject to a coercive hearing or coercive notice to produce information, except in limited circumstances such as to get advice from a lawyer.

Getting advice from an experienced lawyer can be crucial to understanding your rights and obligations. Non-compliance with valid orders to cooperate with CCC may render a person liable to significant penalties, including actual imprisonment.


CCC Notice to Attend

The CCC may issue a person with a notice to attend a compulsory hearing pursuant to section 82 of the Crime and Corruption Act 2001. The order may be in relation to a crime investigation or a corruption investigation, a witness protection function hearing, or for an intelligence function hearing. A person required to attend for one of these hearings is generally required to answer the questions asked, even if the answers may tend to incriminate them.

While steps can be taken to protect the legal rights and interests of someone called to a compulsory hearing, there are significant responsibilities placed on a person served with a notice to attend, including with respect to confidentiality and other compliance issues.


CCC Notice to Discover

A person or corporate entity may be served with a notice to discover that essentially requires them to provide information, or produce a document or thing in their possession. Under section 75 of the Crime and Corruption Act 2001, the CCC has the power to compel such information provided there is a reasonable suspicion such information, documents or things are known by, or in the possession of, the person or corporate entity served with the notice to discover.

Orders of this kind may be made in circumstances where the CCC considers the information, documents or things will not be volunteered to investigators. There are limited exceptions and privileges recognised as being reasonable excuses for failing to comply with a notice to produce.

Obtaining legal advice can be critical to understanding how, even when you may be compelled or coerced to produce a document or other evidence, to take steps to protect your legal rights and interests as far as possible.


Anderson Legal is frequently engaged to assist people caught up in criminal investigations by law enforcement agencies. If you are dealing with an investigation, examination or notice to discover by the CCC and need advice and representation, Anderson Legal offers comprehensive criminal law services for its clients. This includes:

  • providing advice relating to notices or documents served on our clients;
  • advising clients on their legal options, including challenging compulsory notices;
  • communicating on behalf of its clients with CCC investigators and lawyers;
  • reviewing information possibly subject to a notice to produce to ensure compliance;
  • negotiating protections and accommodations for clients facing examination before the CCC; and,
  • representing clients in hearings relating to investigations undertaken by the CCC.

This firm places an emphasis on providing clear guidance so that our clients are placed in a real position to make informed decisions about their options and their preferred path forward. Anderson Legal provides clear, transparent disclosure of its legal costs at every stage.

  • Andrew Anderson, Legal Director, is an award-winning lawyer who has been independently described by the Courier Mail as “one of the best legal minds” and a “leading corporate and white-collar crime lawyer” (16 December 2021).
  • Having successfully represented litigants in the High Court of Australia, Queensland Court of Appeal, Royal Commissions, and multiple other courts dealing with trials and other hearings, Andrew Anderson has a demonstrated record of success in complex and difficult cases.
  • Prior to operating a law firm, Andrew Anderson worked as a Principal Crown Prosecutor in Queensland and barrister in private practice at 8 Petrie Terrace Chambers in Brisbane. His depth of courtroom advocacy experience ranges from straightforward cases right through to complex homicide trials and appeals.
  • Anderson Legal is a law firm that is dedicated to the best ideals of the legal profession. Seeking to exceed client expectations and fighting for justice is an everyday pursuit.

Limitations on general information

Each legal issue is unique. The information on this page and website cannot – and is not meant to – substitute legal consultation. It is designed to outline information of a general nature if you want to learn more about compulsory hearings and notices to discover by the CCC, particularly as it relates to anybody facing an issue of this kind in Queensland. Anybody dealing with a CCC investigation ought to obtain expert legal advice and guidance as soon as possible.

No content accessible on the website is created to provide specific legal answers or advice. It is designed to provide general information about legal matters and related concepts. It should not be used as, or in substitute of, your own legal advice or other advice as appropriate.

To the extent allowed by law, no warranty, condition, or guarantee is provided in relation to the accuracy or reliability of any information contained on this site. Content may be changed from time to time without notice.

If you face an investigative hearing or notice to produce from the CCC, contact Anderson Legal. This firm provides expert advice and representation for people needing assistance to defend themselves against unjust accusations.

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