Category Archives: Absolute privilege

No tort for breach of privacy in South Australian epic: Sands v South Australia [2013] SASC 44

In a trial that ran for 55 days late last year and concluding in February this year, the plaintiff, Derick John Sands, has lost his claim for defamation, as well as other claims including a breach of confidence and a … Continue reading

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No absolute privilege for doctor complaint: Lucire v Parmegiani [2012] NSWCA 86

A personal injury claim was heard in the District Court of NSW in July 2008. Dr Yolande Lucire, a psychiatrist, gave evidence for the plaintiff while the Crown’s expert, Dr Julian Parmegiani sat and listened. On hearing her evidence Dr … Continue reading

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Absolute privilege impregnable: Norris v Gittos [2011] WASC 295

The plaintiff represented herself and filed a statement of claim seeking damages of $4,000,000. In poker terms, this is what is called “over playing your hand”. She made the claim against two employees of the Department of Child Protection. Her … Continue reading

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