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Extension of powers for PSOs during and after the COVID-19 pandemic; a call for concern

With an easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria, comes an increase in, and visibility of, Police and PSOs. What does this deployment and additional powers mean for public safety?


Defining ‘Full Time Student’ for beneficial legislation

This recent case of Marsh v Transport Accident Commission [2020] VSC 228 now provides that a full-time student can be “extending to a student who has completed year 12, has either applied for an offer of a tertiary place or enrolled in a tertiary course, and is waiting for the academic period to commence.”


WorkCover: You cannot be serious!

John McEnroe’s famous edict can strike a shiver down the spine of any plaintiff personal injury lawyer. This is because proof of ‘serious injury’ is the threshold for making a common law claim for damages under either the WorkCover or TAC schemes.


Family Courts launch COVID-19 List to deal with urgent parenting disputes

Commencing today (29 April 2020) the Australian Family Courts have established a court list dedicated to deal exclusively with urgent parenting-related disputes that have arisen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Family Law Proceedings and COVID-19

The Family Court and Federal Circuit Court of Australia understand the significant impact of COVID-19 on families.


Can a sperm donor be recognised as a legal parent?

The High Court’s decision in Masson v. Parsons & Ors [2019] HCA 2, makes it clear that there are circumstances in which a sperm donor can be recognised under the law as a “parent”.


Cruse v State of Victoria [2019] VSC 574 (27 August 2019)

Her Honour, Richards J, has awarded Robinson Gill client, Mr Ethan Cruse, $400,000 for the “abuse of power” he was subjected to on the evening of 18 April 2015 during a home raid carried out by specialists units of Victoria Police.


Opening the door on police’s duty of care

This article, ‘Opening the door on police’s duty of care’, by Yusur Al-Azzawi, first appeared in Precedent, the journal of the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA), issue 153, July/August 2019, pp22-6. It has been reproduced with the kind permission of both the author and the ALA.


Jennings v Police [2019] SASCF 93

In the Full Court decision, the appellant, Mr Jennings was successful in having a summary judgement against him quashed which had held his statement of claim for a negligence claim did not plead an arguable cause of action per rules 193 & 232 of the District Court Civil Rules 2006 (SA) (DCR).


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