Full Court Minute Books

Case B60/2019

Coughlan v. The Queen

Case No.


Case Information

Lower Court Judgment

16/04/2019 Supreme Court of Queensland (Court of Appeal) (Fraser and Morrison JJA and Mullins J)

[2019] QCA 65


Criminal law – Unsafe and unsatisfactory verdict – Arson and attempted fraud – Circumstantial evidence –Where house exploded as applicant was walking from back yard – Whether Court of Appeal misapplied M v The Queen (1994) 181 CLR 487 by merely identifying pathway to jury’s guilty verdict rather than weighing matters militating against guilty verdict to determine whether jury should have had reasonable doubt as to applicant’s guilt.

Short particulars


18/10/2019 Hearing (SLA, Sydney v/link Brisbane)

30/10/2019 Notice of appeal

09/12/2019 Written submissions (Appellant)

09/12/2019 Chronology (Appellant)

16/01/2020 Written submissions (Respondent)

29/01/2020 Hearing (Single Justice, Sydney by v/link Brisbane)

30/01/2020 Reply

12/02/2020 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra) (Audio-visual recording)
(Including pronouncement of orders)

12/02/2020 Outline of oral argument (Appellant)

12/02/2020 Outline of oral argument (Respondent)

24/04/2020 Judgment (Judgment summary)