In the recent decision Beckett v New South Wales  HCA 17 the High Court unanimously allowed an appeal from a decision of the New South Wales Court of Appeal, overturning previous High Court authority to find that a plaintiff was not required to prove her innocence in an action for damages for malicious prosecution.
This decision opens the way for persons to claim damages for malicious prosecution when criminal charges against them have been discontinued by a nolle prosequi. Such persons do not have to positively prove their innocence.
Please find attached slides from our February seminar: Governance Matters: What the public sector needs to know.
Please find attached the VGSO February newsletter: Strategic Cattle Grazing and Implications for Good Decision-making.
What did this workshop cover?
- Overview of the Charter
- Public authorities (s 4)
- Conduct of public authorities (s 38)
- Interpretation (s 32)
- “Seeking” relief or remedy & “unlawfulness” (s 39)
Emergency Alert System project, run by the Office of the Emergency Service Commissioner.
Interviewer: Shaun Le Grand, Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor, Police
In a recent decision, Bell J of the Supreme Court of Victoria held that, in defending an adverse possession claim, the Roads Corporation was entitled to rely on the immunity of the Crown specified in s 7 of the Limitations of Actions Act 1958 (Vic).
From the VGSO Seminar 'Access to Information: Public Interest Immunity, Legal Professional Privilege and Freedom of Information'.
Please find attached slides from our seminar 'Government funding post Williams - why it is still at risk'.
This podcast covers the Court of Appeal's decision in Noone v Operation Smile  VSCA 91, a case concerning the prohibition on misleading and deceptive conduct under the Fair Trading Act 1991, and the application of the right to freedom of expression in the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.
Three recent cases from the High Court provide a timely reminder of the limits on administrative decision-making and the exercise of statutory discretions. No matter how broadly expressed, no power or discretion is "unbridled" in our system.
Please find attached our podcast on the implications of social media for the VPS.
Please find attached the audio and slides from our February seminar 'Ethics - Client Privilege as it affects Government'.