Queensland to allow class action law suits

Published Friday, 05 August, 2016 at 09:23 AM

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

The Palaszczuk Government will introduce legislation to allow class actions to be brought in the state’s court system.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the move would bring Queensland into line with states like New South Wales and Victoria.

“At present, Queenslanders who wish to take class action lawsuits have to operate through other jurisdictions to do so,” said Mrs D’Ath.

“For people who are often involved in emotionally and financially difficult circumstances, this can limit their access to justice through unnecessary complexity and inconvenience.

“There can also be an additional cost burden for claimants who currently need to pursue class action matters through other jurisdictions.

“For cases that are particularly pertinent to Queensland, it will also allow the knowledge and expertise of our judges and lawyers to be better utilised.”

Legislation to allow class actions in Queensland will be brought before parliament in August.


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