WILLS AND ESTATES — Principal beneficiary under will convicted of defensive homicide of the deceased — Whether forfeiture rule applies — Whether discretion not to apply forfeiture rule — Whether constructive trust should be imposed — Whether gift over saved by the rule in Jones v Westcomb (1711) Prec Ch 316; 24 ER 149 — Supreme Court (General Civil Procedure) Rules 2005, r 54.02
SUCCESSION Wills, Probate and Administration – Statutory Will – Minor Nil Capacity Case – Statutory powers of Court informed by protective jurisdiction – Consideration of benefit to, and interests of, incapacitated minor – Operation in context of statutory criteria.
WILLS, PROBATE AND ADMINISTRATION – Forfeiture under public policy rule – Defendant killed wife and children – Joint tenancy – Intestacy – Order for sale
CORPORATIONS – Director – means of becoming – acting in position of – officer – decisions affecting corporation – maker of or participant in
EQUITY – Fiduciary duty – breach of – Barnes v Addy – receipt and assistance – liability for – third party – participatory liability – receipt liability – company – knowledge of – imputation to
EQUITY – Fiduciary duty – breach of – Barnes v Addy – remedies – In rem – In personam – constructive trust – imposition of – discretionary – occasion for – tracing – multiple fiduciary duty breaches – multiple claims
EQUITY – Breach of confidence – fundamental or operative mistake – ultra vires payment of public money
TRADE PRACTICES ACT – misleading and deceptive conduct
LEGAL PROFESSION – solicitor convicted of serious offences of dishonesty – whether order should be made to remove solicitor’s name from the Roll of Legal Practitioners – extent to which particulars of misconduct supported by evidence of the convictions
14. … Evidence of the convictions can be admitted and used against the Opponent in these proceedings: Evidence Act 1995, s 92(2), (3) (providing that the hearsay and opinion rule does not apply to the evidence so admitted), Dictionary (definition of ” civil proceedings “).
LEGAL PRACTITIONERS – Application to have defendant struck off Roll of Practitioners – Legal Profession Act 2004, s 2.4.42 – power to strike off – broader purpose than public protection – defendant convicted of child pornography offences – whether fit and proper person at time of hearing – failure to adduce sufficient evidence in admissible form – application refused.
EVIDENCE – Admissibility – hearsay evidence – evidence of criminal convictions in civil proceeding – evidence of criminal convictions subject of appeal at time of civil proceedings – Evidence Act 2008, ss 59(1), 91, 92(2)(a), 178.
SUCCESSION- WILLS, PROBATE AND ADMINISTRATION- rules of public policy – forfeiture by killing -application to have funds released to person accused of murdering testator – EXECUTORS AND ADMINISTRATORS – what constitutes administration being completed – personal liability of representative for release of funds to wrong beneficiary – EXECUTORS AND ADMINISTRATORS – rights, powers and duties – duty to ascertain the beneficiaries – duty where notice of possible forfeiture by a beneficiary – PROCEDURE – administration of estates – application to release funds to a possible beneficiary before estate administration complete – basis for a right of a beneficiary from an estate not fully administered – appropriation – interim distributions -whether beneficiary has a right to be paid where there is an undecided forfeiture question – PROCEDURE – administration of estates – summary relief requiring distribution by executor – when appropriate – EVIDENCE – CIVIL PROCEEDINGS – effect of a verdict in criminal proceedings on a factual question in civil proceedings – admissibility and significance of a conviction – EVIDENCE – onus of proof – presumption of innocence – role in proof of criminal or seriously wrongful acts within civil proceedings – whether applicable in litigation where whether such an act has occurred is not being decided.