Tag Archives: Supreme Court of Queensland

No compensation for catastrophic injuries suffered by 14 year old criminal accomplice

In a decision handed down on 18 May 2017, the Supreme Court of Queensland denied compensation for catastrophic personal injuries suffered by a passenger who was complicit in the illegal use of a motor vehicle.

Background

On 8 February 2013, the then 14 year old plaintiff sustained severe head injuries when the stolen Toyota Hilux he was riding in lost control and crashed into a light pole. The vehicle was driven by the then 16 year old defendant.

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Class actions have arrived in Queensland

As of 1 March 2017, it is now possible for the first time to bring a class action in the Supreme Court of Queensland.

The legislation bringing in this change was proclaimed by the Queensland Governor on 24 February 2017 after first being passed by Parliament in November 2016.

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