EVIDENCE – objection to admissibility of respondent’s evidence under s 135(a) of Evidence Act 1995 (Cth) – whether probative value substantially outweighed by danger of unfair prejudice – where respondent has not tendered all relevant material – objection upheld
CRIMINAL LAW – application for inquiry into conviction under s 78 of the Crimes (Appeal and Review) Act 2001 (NSW) – photo identification evidence – no special facts or special circumstances raised – identification of seized items – no sense of unease or disquiet required raised – application dismissed
CRIMINAL LAW – application under Part 7 Crimes (Appeal and Review) Act 2001 for inquiry into conviction for sexual intercourse without consent – no doubt or question as to the applicant’s guilt
PROCEDURE – subpoenas – application for subpoena to be set aside – where subpoena issued seeking production of documents to impugn credit of witness – whether subpoena issued for legitimate forensic purpose – whether subpoena should be set aside.
CRIMINAL LAW – application for extension of time to give notice of appeal against conviction and application for leave against sentence – where application for extension of time not opposed – where affidavit supporting extension of time unsatisfactory – discretionary power to extend time limit to be exercised having regard to the interests of justice in the case
CRIMINAL LAW – appeal against conviction – “context” evidence – where evidence admitted of poor relationship between applicant and complainant – where evidence not of prior sexual or other assaults against the complainant – whether trial judge erred in failing to give specific direction as to limited use to which evidence could be put – Evidence Act 1995 (NSW), ss 55, 97, 101, 135, 137
CRIMINAL LAW – appeal against conviction – where jury failed to reach unanimous decision on some charges – where trial judge gave majority verdict direction – where failure to examine juror on oath before giving direction – Jury Act 1977 (NSW), s 55F(2)(b)
CRIMINAL LAW – application for leave to appeal against sentence – whether fact that sexual assault occurred in home aggravating factor when applicant and complainant resided together at the relevant time – Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (NSW), s 21A(2)(eb)
CRIMINAL LAW – where aggregate sentence to be reassessed – Court to re-exercise discretion to form its own judgment as to appropriate aggregate sentence – Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (NSW), s 53A
EVIDENCE – expert evidence – whether to reject whole of evidence of expert witness where prepared on a basis inconsistent with the impugned valuation – whether evidence was unfairly prejudicial – where excluding evidence would effectively determine the issue of substance to which that evidence was directed
EVIDENCE – expert evidence – whether to reject evidence of valuations prepared for non-litigation purposes – where valuations were business records – whether r 31.23 only applies to reports prepared by an “expert witness” – whether court should “otherwise order” – whether evidence would be unfairly prejudicial – where signatories did not acknowledge obligations under schedule 7 of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005 (NSW)- where signatories not to be called as witnesses – where signatories not involved in preparation of joint expert reports
EVIDENCE – expert evidence – expert valuation of land – whether one expert’s evidence to be preferred – where one expert witness briefed with substantially more information – where other expert prepared a “blind” valuation – where expert town planning advice not available to original valuer – where expert town planning advice nevertheless relied upon by one expert witness – where expert town planning advice speculative
NEGLIGENCE – duty of care – whether mediator and valuer owed a common law duty of care to plaintiffs – whether plaintiffs were vulnerable – where valuer did not know the purpose for which the valuation was to be used – whether reliance is sufficient to establish vulnerability – whether plaintiffs could have protected their own interests – whether valuation negligent – whether valued at highest and best use of the site – whether negligent in valuing property without expert town planning advice – whether no valuer acting prudently and reasonably could arrive at the value in the valuation report – whether mediator negligent in instructions to valuer – whether mediator owed parties in dispute a duty of care in instructing valuer – whether mediator breached duty of care – whether mediator acting in capacity as mediator or separate contract entered into for mediator to instruct valuer – whether mediator protected from liability as acting in capacity as mediator
MISLEADING AND DECEPTIVE CONDUCT – expert valuation of property – whether value attributed to property was misleading or deceptive – whether direct or indirect reliance on valuation – whether the valuation causative of loss
1 Pursuant to certification of the trial judge under s 293(3)(a) of the Criminal Procedure Act 2009 (‘CPA’), the applicants seek leave to appeal an interlocutory decision made on 25 November 2014 in which his Honour refused to exclude certain ‘picture identification evidence’.
EVIDENCE – application by Crown to cross-examine unfavourable witnesses – advance ruling – Evidence Act 1995 (NSW), ss 38 and 192A – witnesses included persons named on indictment but not charged – whether appellable error in grant of leave to cross-examine – whether appellable error in judge inquiring, in presence of jury, whether witness aware of right to object to giving self-incriminating evidence
EVIDENCE – pre-trial application for exclusion of expert evidence – whether admissibility should be dealt with on an interlocutory basis by judge who may not be the trial judge – whether evidence complies with test for admissibility of expert opinion evidence – whether general discretion to exclude evidence should be exercised – pre-trial application for directions with regard to expert evidence – consideration of the role a judge should play in determining what evidence is presented
CRIMINAL LAW – EVIDENCE – expert evidence – whether opinion as to usual causes of fires in “meth labs” unfairly prejudicial – evidence allowed – hearsay evidence – evidence that gas burner “on” – expert who examined premises overseas – whether “unavailable to give evidence” – no notice given – no evidence of steps taken to secure attendance – unclear whether evidence based on personal observation – unclear whether evidence a conclusion – no evidence of basis of conclusion – danger of unfair prejudice – evidence rejected
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – Evidence – objections to admissibility – procedural fairness and fair trial – objections allowed in part
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – Overarching obligations – Duties of experts to court– Expert Code of Conduct – Duties of legal practitioners to court – Overarching obligation to disclose existence of documents – Overarching obligation not to mislead or deceive – Whether breach of overarching obligations by expert witness and by legal practitioners instructing that expert in preparation of report and giving evidence – Sections 16, 17, 21, 26 and 29 Civil Procedure Act 2010 (Vic).
LEGAL PRACTITIONERS – Overarching obligations – Duties of legal practitioners to court – Whether breach of overarching obligations by legal practitioners instructing an expert and leading evidence from that expert – Overarching obligation to disclose existence of documents – Overarching obligation not to mislead or deceive – Sections 16, 17, 21, 26 and 29 Civil Procedure Act 2010 (Vic).
EXPERT WITNESS – Overarching obligations – Duties of experts to court– Expert Code of Conduct – Whether breach of overarching obligations by expert witness when preparing report giving evidence – Overarching obligation not to mislead or deceive – Sections 16, 17, 21, 26 and 29 Civil Procedure Act 2010 (Vic).
EVIDENCE – malicious prosecution – whether evidence of witness relevant to an absence of reasonable and probable cause – whether evidence impermissibly concerned only with plaintiff’s guilt – where witness possibly unreliable – whether probative value of evidence outweighed by danger of unfair prejudice pursuant to s 135 Evidence Act 1995
CRIMINAL LAW – PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – Application to exclude evidence – whether prejudicial effect outweighs probative value
CRIMINAL LAW – PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – Application to vacate trial date – counsel availability
CRIMINAL LAW – Appeal – Interlocutory appeal – Application for permanent stay refused – Long delay, but not simply presumptive prejudice – Destruction of evidence – Loss of evidence – Greatly limited ability to adduce alibi evidence – Whether judge erred by confining evidence of complainants on voir dire – Attack upon findings made and inferential reasoning of judge below – Appeal allowed – Decision refusing stay set aside – Matter remitted for re-hearing and determination by another judge.
CRIMINAL LAW – Appeal – Interlocutory appeal – Ruling by judge that evidence of complainants cross-admissible – Whether reasonable possibility of collusion or contamination – Whether judge wrongly approached matter by treating applicant as carrying burden of proof – Whether judge erred by making findings upon matters of disputed fact – Whether judge failed to address facts inexorably leading to conclusion that reasonable possibility of collusion or contamination could not be excluded – Appeal allowed – Ruling set aside – In lieu, ruling that evidence not cross-admissible – Question whether indictment should be severed remitted for re-hearing and determination by another judge – Questions whether evidence of other witnesses constituted tendency evidence, and, if it was, should nonetheless be excluded, likewise remitted.
CRIMINAL LAW – Appeal – Interlocutory appeal – Ruling that expert evidence admissible that conduct of a hypothetical man behaving in the same way that the complainants and others alleged that the applicant had behaved (including conduct which constituted the charged acts) was (highly) consistent with ‘grooming’ by sex offenders – Concession by Crown on appeal that evidence inadmissible – Concession rightly made – s 79 Evidence Act 2008 – Whether witness had relevant expertise – Whether evidence had any probative value – Circularity – Whether, in any event, evidence should have been excluded under s 135 Evidence Act – Whether evidence was about a matter upon which expert evidence was receivable – Whether evidence would be tendency evidence admissible under s 97(1) Evidence Act – Whether, if so, evidence should have been excluded under s 101 – Whether unacceptable risk that evidence would trespass into propensity evidence – Whether, if so, evidence should have been excluded under s 135 or s 137 Evidence Act – Whether evidence admissible under s 108C Evidence Act.
CRIMINAL LAW – Appeal – Interlocutory Appeal – Peremptory ruling that counsel for accused should not be permitted to cross-examine complainant on content of confidential communication – No reasons given – Note made by counsellor of statement attributed to complainant – Note contained in confidential communications earlier released for inspection by accused’s legal advisers – Later ruling by judge that counsel for accused not be permitted to cross-examine complainant upon the note at trial – ss 32C and 32D Evidence (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1958 – Whether peremptory refusal complied with statutory obligations imposed upon judge – Whether peremptory refusal and later ruling supportable – Appeal allowed – Ruling set aside – In lieu, ruling that accused have leave to cross-examine complainant on further hearing of stay application and in any later trial.
CRIMINAL LAW – Appeal – Interlocutory appeal – Ruling that prosecution might adduce evidence of accused’s pleas of guilty, in 2008, to sexual offences committed between 2003-2005 and of agreed summary of circumstances read to Magistrates’ Court in, ‘rebuttal’ if credibility of victims of those offences was challenged in cross-examination – Evidence only admissible if viva voce evidence of witnesses receivable as tendency evidence – Crown statement that evidence of some witnesses would not be relied upon at a trial – Whether any basis revealed for prosecution being permitted to split its case – Consideration of possible juridical bases upon which evidence might be admissible – Appeal allowed – Ruling set aside – In lieu, question whether evidence admissible remitted for re-hearing and determination by another judge.
ACCIDENT COMPENSATION – Occupiers’ liability – Jury trial – Application to discharge jury – Evidence – Cross-examination – Re-examination – Whether cross-examination impermissible – Whether re-examination arose out of cross-examination – DVD purporting to be a re-enactment of the accident – Whether DVD admissible- Whether DVD admissible in re-examination – Whether probative value of evidence substantially outweighed by the danger that the evidence might be confusing – No substantial wrong or miscarriage occasioned in the trial by the rejection of the tender – Evidence Act 2008 , ss 55, 78 and 135(b) – Supreme Court (General Civil Procedure) Rules 2005, r 64.23(2) – Appeal dismissed.
Evidence – Admissibility – Relevance – Admission of evidence will cause undue waste of time – Evidence Act 1995 (NSW), s 135(c)
EVIDENCE – accused indicted for conspiracy to murder – evidence of accused’s DNA found on cigarette butt in vehicle allegedly used by him in the course of the conspiracy – cigarette butt destroyed following scientific analysis – accused deprived of the opportunity to independently test the item – where other items located in the vicinity of the cigarette butt not seized and tested – whether evidence of DNA analysis should be excluded on the basis of unfair prejudice – whether, in the event of the evidence being admitted, the jury should be directed about the disadvantage to the accused as a consequence of the destruction of evidence
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – Partnership – Removal of partner – Whether removed partner entitled to split case – Applicable principles – Protean (Holdings) Ltd (Receivers and Managers Appointed) v American Home Assurance Co  VicRp 18;  VR 187 (FC) – Wong v Carter  VSCA 53 – French v Triple M Melbourne Pty Ltd Ruling (No 2)  VSC 548 – Privileges against self-incrimination – Re Australian Property Custodian Holdings (In Liquidation) (Receivers and Managers Appointed) (Controllers Appointed) (No 2)  VSC 576; (2012) 93 ACSR 130 – Gemmell v Le Roi Homestyle Cookies Pty Ltd (In Liquidation)  VSCA 182 – Evidence Act 2008 , ss 128, 135 and 136.
CRIMINAL LAW – CONVICTION APPEAL – attempting to possess a commercial quantity of an unlawfully imported border control drug – 102 kilograms of pure heroin – whether a miscarriage of justice because of lack of qualifications of expert interpreter called in Crown case – whether verdict of jury unreasonable or could not be supported by the evidence – whether evidence as to flight properly admitted – evidence of Crown expert not misleading – differences in interpretation between Crown and defence experts not of significance in conduct of trial – differences in interpretation adequately explained by differences in audio equipment – strong circumstantial Crown case – on whole of the evidence open to the jury to be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt as to guilt – evidence of flight properly admitted – no breach of s137 of the Evidence Act 1995 in admitting evidence of flight – conviction appeal dismissed – APPLICATION FOR LEAVE TO APPEAL AGAINST SENTENCE – whether principle of parity properly taken into account – no significant difference in level of criminality between applicant and co-offender – differences in subjective case of applicant and co-offender – sentence of co-offender manifestly inadequate – parity principle not properly applied – need for applicant to be re-sentenced.
APPEAL — Question of law — Magistrates’ Court Act 1989 s 109 — Test applicable where it is alleged the Magistrate’s decision is not open on the evidence.
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW — Natural justice — Magistrate made comments in running indicating adverse view of credit of appellant and respondent’s key witness — Comments more adverse to respondent’s key witness — Neither party complained during the trial — Appellant not denied natural justice — Waiver of right to rely on any breach of rules of natural justice.
ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE — Fair trial according to law — Undue interference by Magistrate in the conduct of the hearing — Magistrate took initiative to telephone a new witness during the hearing — No miscarriage of justice when trial considered as a whole.
CONTRACT — Loan agreement — Non-payment of principal and interest — Whether action statute barred — Limitation of Actions Act 1958 s 5.
EVIDENCE – admissibility – relevance – inferences – whether document that does not name party relevant for the drawing of inferences – business records exclusion to the hearsay rule – judicial discretion to exclude
INDUSTRIAL LAW – civil penalty proceedings – contraventions of Vehicle Manufacturing, Repair, Services and Retail Award 2010 (“the Award”) – underpayment of minimum rates of pay under the Award – underpayment of overtime entitlements under the Award – contravention of requirement to keep adequate records – whether contraventions were serious and part of a pattern of conduct – whether high range penalty is justified in the circumstances
EVIDENCE – admissibility – tendency evidence – whether notice requirement should be dispensed with – whether unfair prejudice to do so
12. In my opinion, the probative value of Mr Hunter’s approximation and reliance on it in circumstances where the experts are not able to identify the common ground as to the objective facts of whatever measurement is appropriate does not justify its admission into evidence. If this evidence were allowed, it would also cause or result in an undue waste of time in the proceedings: see s 135 of the Evidence Act 1995 (Cth).
PROCEDURE – civil – judgments and orders – effect of appellate judgments – whether court should determine scope of remitter as separate question in advance of further hearing – amendments – whether in the interests of justice that leave be granted to further amend particulars of defence
CRIMINAL LAW – evidence – judicial discretion to admit or exclude evidence – Evidence Act 1995; ss 135, 137 – prejudicial evidence – whether evidence unfairly prejudicial to accused
EVIDENCE – admissibility – opinion; lay -whether lay opinion regarding positioning of a sign falls into the lay opinion exception s 78 Evidence Act 1995 (NSW)
EVIDENCE – Admissibility and Relevancy – father on trial for acts of indecency against daughters – proposal to cross-examine witness on specific contents of family report prepared in Family Court proceedings – no proposal to call author of report – mother’s evidence is that report is inaccurate not unfavourable – mother giving evidence through interpreter – no proposal to tender whole report – whether proposed cross-examination about impact of selected parts of report would cause unfairness – whether contents of report admissible as relevant to mother’s credibility – whether mother’s credibility would be affected by her opinion of impact of family report – probative and prejudicial value of parts of family report selected to be subject of cross-examination because they are said to be unfavourable to mother – directions to limit use of evidence not adequate to address prejudice – cross-examination not permitted about specific contents of family report.
CORPORATIONS – claim for breach of duties under financial services legislation as it applied at material times – whether respondents had reasonable basis for financial advice given – whether respondents made representations concerning appropriateness of advice or accuracy of finance applications that were misleading or deceptive or likely to mislead or deceive
CONTRACTS – whether respondents breached contractual duty to exercise reasonable care and skill in provision of financial advice – whether respondents owed duty to provide advice “as to the most suitable financial investments”
NEGLIGENCE – whether respondents breached duty to exercise reasonable care and skill in provision of financial advice
EQUITY – whether respondents obtained unauthorised benefit from financial advice relationship – whether respondents breached any contractual, tortious or equitable duty in connection with advice given or involvement in applicant’s purchase of property
EVIDENCE – expert opinion evidence – whether financial planner qualified to give expert evidence concerning duty of care issues and loss – relevance of expert evidence to matters in issue
DAMAGES – whether applicant is entitled to damages – extent to which any claimed loss and damages are attributable to respondents’ conduct – loss of opportunity claim – whether some claimed losses are outside statutory limitation period or otherwise affected by Civil Liability Act 2002 (WA)
PATENTS – lack of inventive step – whether the invention would be obvious to the hypothetical skilled addressee of the patent at the priority date – whether the hypothetical skilled addressee of the patent would have undertaken the steps in the patent as a matter of routine to lead, as a matter of course, to the invention – whether expectation of hypothetical skilled addressee of the patent in undertaking the steps in the patent is a necessary element of the test of obviousness – whether hypothetical skilled addressee of the patent must have expectation of successful production of the invention or “some other useful result” – whether the reformulated Cripps question is a test of universal application – lack of fair basis – lack of novelty.
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – application for leave to appeal against interlocutory decision on admissibility of evidence pursuant to r 34.50 of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) – whether application made out of time – where application for leave to appeal filed within time to apply for leave to appeal from orders – whether interlocutory decision sufficiently connected with orders such that time began to run on date of orders.
EVIDENCE – admissibility of experimental proof of facts – Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) r 34.50 – whether manufacture of tablets to be used in dissolution test experiments the subject of directions pursuant to r 34.50 forms part of the experimental proof of fact – whether manufacture of tablets akin to manufacture of standard products used in the course of an experiment.
Held: Appeal dismissed
EVIDENCE – whether documents “business records” – emails – whether expert valuations in documents admissible – whether asserted facts – whether documents produced by persons with specialised knowledge – not expert reports
EVIDENCE – whether previous representations made in certain printouts of emails should be admitted into evidence as business records pursuant to s 69 of the Evidence Act 1995 (Cth) – whether those emails should be excluded in the exercise of the Court’s discretion pursuant to s 135 or s 169 of the Evidence Act – whether the Court should compel the plaintiff to call the authors of the emails pursuant to s 169 of the Evidence Act – whether the provisions of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (Cth) prohibit the tender of transcripts of recordings of intercepted telephone calls and whether, if not, those transcripts are admissible as business records – whether transcripts of evidence given at a public inquiry conducted by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption are admissible as business records – whether a previous statement in writing made by a potential witness out of Court which was created for the purpose of being provided to a television journalist is admissible
EVIDENCE – documentary evidence – statutory provisions relating to business records – whether document of WorkCover a ‘business record’ – whether representations in document are made in connection with an investigation – whether investigation must in fact lead to proceedings for exception to apply – application of s 69(3)(b) of the Evidence Act 1995 (NSW)
EVIDENCE – admissibility – whether discretionary reasons for refusing to admit evidence – where evidence in the form of answers to specific questions – where witness not called – application of s 135 Evidence Act 1995 (NSW)
TRADE AND COMMERCE – Trade Practices – misleading or deceptive conduct – misleading or deceptive conduct in the taking of a competitor’s trade indicia – passing off – secondary reputation in the colour yellow on covers of telephone directories – date for assessing reputation in yellow – relevance of international use of colour yellow – whether respondents’ use of yellow covers on telephone directories was misleading or deceptive – identification of the class of consumers – erroneous assumption as to trade source – intention to deceive – failed intention to deceive – relevance of strength of reputation – relevance of use of common trade indicia – sufficiency of differentiation between similar products – whether respondents have done enough to differentiate their directories – conduct not misleading or deceptive
TRADE AND COMMERCE – Trade Practices – misleading or deceptive conduct – advertisements in telephone directories – misleading advertisement regarding comparative consumer usage
COPYRIGHT – unjustifiable threats of copyright infringement – relevance of bona fides – whether threat is groundless or unjustifiable
CONTRACT – payments allegedly made under mistake – whether mistaken in fact – breach of employment contract – bonuses – collateral agreement as to management fee – no question of law
EVIDENCE – application to exclude DNA evidence – judge alone trial – drug trafficking charges – whether evidence relevant – whether probative value outweighed by danger of unfair prejudice – where potential for contamination – virtually no risk of judge or magistrate giving evidence more weight than entitled – strength of circumstantial case found in examining all of evidence together
Criminal Code 2002 (ACT), s 603(7)
Evidence Act (ACT), ss 55(1), 56(1), 135, 137
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – application for further and better production of documents under subpoena – whether addressee had complied with subpoena – where subpoena required production of electronic properties of documents originating in electronic form – where documents produced documents in hard copy – where electronic properties not produced – application to set aside subpoena on grounds of oppression – where electronic documents within the scope of the subpoena archived on server located in United States – where compliance with subpoena will be costly and time consuming.
Held: Application for further and better production allowed. Application to set aside subpoena dismissed. Orders made for production of documents under subpoena.
APPEAL – PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – Pleadings – Application to amend statement of claim – Court’s discretion – Amendment to plead assignment of causes of action – Whether amendments bad in law or not fairly arguable – Whether granting of leave would be futile – Relevant principles – Whether genuine commercial interest – Whether necessary to plead – Material facts giving rise to genuine commercial interest – Whether leave ought to have been granted – Appeal allowed – Supreme Court (General Civil Procedure) Rules 2005 (Vic), rr 13.02(1)(a), 13.07(1)(a), (b) and (c), 36.01(1)(a), (b) and (c), and 76.06.09(2)(b) and (c); Civil Procedure Act 2010 (Vic), ss 7(1) and 63; Evidence Act 2008 (Vic), ss 55, 56 and 135.
CRIMINAL LAW – Conviction – Murder – Evidence – Relevance – Admissibility – Connection with crime – Disposition of applicant – Drunken orgy extending over two days – Whether evidence of applicant’s drunken aggressive behaviour towards persons other than deceased on morning of second day of orgy, some hours before killing of deceased, admissible as evidence of part of one transaction of which killing formed part – O’Leary v The King  HCA 44; (1946) 73 CLR 566, applied – Evidence Act 2008 , ss 135, 137.
JURY – Discharge – Whether judge erred in refusing to discharge jury after inadmissible evidence given in error – Whether evidence productive of substantial miscarriage of justice – Crofts v The Queen  HCA 22; (1996) 186 CLR 427, applied; Baini v The Queen  HCA 59; (2012) 246 CLR 469; Baini v The Queen (No 2)  VSCA 157, referred to.
VERDICT – Whether unreasonable – Whether, in view of lies told by principal Crown witness and inconsistencies between evidence of witnesses, jury bound to have reasonable doubt as to identity of killer or her capacity to form murderous intent – Libke v The Queen  HCA 30; (2007) 230 CLR 559, applied; The Queen v O’Connor  HCA 17; (1980) 146 CLR 64, referred to; Cutter v R  HCA 7; (1997) 143 ALR 498, distinguished.
Application for leave to appeal against conviction and sentence – One charge of rape – Applicant sentenced to total effective sentence of seven years imprisonment with a nonparole period of five years – Trial judge erred in admitting evidence of the Applicant’s past violent conduct as relationship evidence – Substantial miscarriage of justice – Application granted – Appeal allowed – New trial ordered – Baini v The Queen (2012) 246 CLR 469 – s 276(1)(b) of the Criminal Procedure Act 2009 (Vic).
CONSUMER LAW – franchising – appointment of Area Managers in relation to supply of claimed weight loss product – whether misleading or deceptive conduct – whether representations made that are false or that are false or misleading in a material particular – whether invitations made to engage in a business activity requiring the performance of work and/or the investment of moneys – whether personal respondents liable as principals or accessories – whether any relevant obligation of disclosure arises independently of the requirements of the Franchising Code.
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – Notice of objection to competency – whether the notice of appeal raises a question of law – whether leave should be granted to amend the notice of appeal – no question of law raised – objection to competency upheld – appeal dismissed.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION – Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) – whether settlement deed a “construction contract” – whether payment under that deed a “progress payment” – CONTRACT – implied terms – whether an implied term that parties deal with each other in good faith and cooperate – UNCONSCIONABLE CONDUCT – requirements for conduct to be unconscionable
PROCEDURE – civil – whether the court should permit party to amend its claim – effect of delay – requirement that responding party have sufficient time to respond
EVIDENCE – admissibility and relevancy – hearsay – whether relevant documents are admissible as business records under Evidence Act 1995 (NSW) s 69 – where identity of author of relevant documents is unknown – whether relevant documents contained previous representations made or recorded in the course of, or for the purposes of, relevant business – whether relevant representations were made by a person who had or might reasonably be supposed to have had knowledge of the asserted facts, or on the basis of information directly or indirectly supplied by such a person.
EVIDENCE – admissibility and relevancy – whether relevant documents should be excluded under s 135 on the basis that documents are unfairly prejudicial or misleading.
EVIDENCE – admissibility and relevancy – application to seek direction that relevant evidence is not to be admitted under Evidence Act 1995 (NSW) s 169 – where party had failed to comply with request to call witness – whether plaintiff’s refusal to comply with request made without reasonable cause.
CRIMINAL LAW – Evidence – Murder – Aggravated burglary – Admissibility of boot worn by accused – Prosecution seeking to match imprint at scene with accused’s boots – Prosecution in opening expressly disavowing any such connection – Irreversible forensic decisions by accused’s counsel based on prosecution position – Unfair prejudice to accused – Evidence excluded.
PROCEDURE – pleadings – amendment – where defendant seeks leave to file amended defence – where hearing is due to commence and there have been lengthy delays – whether leave for proposed amendments should be refused on case management grounds – whether plaintiff will suffer prejudice in addressing amendments.
EVIDENCE – request to call witnesses – application for order compelling plaintiff to call a witness under Evidence Act 1995 (NSW) ss 167, 169 – where plaintiff refused to comply with request – whether defendant should have leave to make request outside time limit – whether plaintiff’s refusal to comply with request made without reasonable cause – matters to be considered in exercise of Court’s discretion to order party to comply with request to call a witness.
ACCIDENT COMPENSATION – admission sought after receipt of workers compensation – whether acceptance of Workcover claim form founds request by the plaintiff that the defendant admit it has paid and continues to pay the plaintiff’s medical and like expenses – injury arising out of or in the course of employment – Accident Compensation Act 1985 ss 82(1) and 99(1).
APPEAL AND NEW TRIAL – APPEAL – GENERAL PRINCIPLES – In General and Right of Appeal – Appeal to Appeal Division of ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal – appeal removed into Supreme Court – nature of appeal in Supreme Court.
PROFESSIONS AND TRADES – Lawyers – appeal against findings of unsatisfactory professional misconduct or professional misconduct – whether permitting Law Society to amend charges deprived appellant of procedural fairness – whether Law Society was a model litigant – whether Law Society misled ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal about nature and significance of amendments – no breach of procedural fairness – no misleading of Tribunal – appeal dismissed.
PROFESSIONS AND TRADES – Lawyers – appeal against findings of unsatisfactory professional misconduct or professional misconduct – admissibility of credibility evidence arising in cross-examination of appellant about peripheral aspects of separate matter also subject of charges brought by Law Society – admissibility of prejudicial credibility evidence – whether credibility findings should be set aside – whether ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal misunderstood cross-examination – whether Tribunal misled by Law Society about significance of cross-examination – whether Law Society sought to mislead Supreme Court about significance of cross-examination – appeal dismissed.
PROFESSIONS AND TRADES – Lawyers – appeal against findings of unsatisfactory professional misconduct or professional misconduct – challenge to factual findings of ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal – whether evidence to support factual findings – whether Tribunal obliged to accept appellant’s evidence of his state of mind at relevant times – whether Tribunal inconsistent in treatment of witnesses cross-examined without access to relevant documents – no error in Tribunal’s conclusions – appeal dismissed.
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – Expert evidence – Joint reports of experts – Admissibility of joint reports – Whether reasons are required for agreement between experts – Whether conclave failed to identify the material it relied upon – Whether consideration of extraneous material by the conclave constituted an irrelevant consideration – Whether experts are required to be provided with a joint statement of assumptions – Whether the questions asked of the conclave were drafted in terms that addressed relevant issues and matters appropriate for consideration by experts – Whether the joint reports are inconsistent with the common law “statement of reasoning” rule – Whether the joint reports are inconsistent with the Makita principle – Application of s 79 of the Evidence Act to joint reports of experts – Whether Court should exercise discretion to exclude the joint reports under s 135 of the Evidence Act