Court closed for Finks hearing
THE public was prohibited from sitting in the first court hearing into whether the Finks motorcycle gang can be declared a criminal organisation.
Before barrister Peter Davis could begin making submissions for police in the Brisbane Supreme Court, Justice David Boddice declared the court must be closed under Section 108 of the Criminal Organisation Act 2009.
He said all persons, including media, must be excluded from the courtroom except for the parties involved and their legal representatives.
Police made an application earlier this month to dismantle the Finks Motorcycle Club's Gold Coast chapter and stop them associating with each other.
They alleged two decades of serious crimes - including murder, extortion, drug trafficking, rape and other violence - to plead their case.
The police application lodged with the court included detailed statements, phone intercept transcripts and visual evidence.
This is the first time police have used this legislation since it was introduced.