Judge Salvatore Vasta accused of putting Queensland father through ‘grossest parody of court hearing’ by wrongly jailing him
"In a rare case, Judge Salvatore Paul Vasta is being personally sued by a Gold Coast man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, after the man claims he was “falsely imprisoned”.
Orroral Valley fire draft terms of reference outlined in ACT Coroner's Court
"The lawyer for a group of NSW residents just across the border is fighting for them to take part in the coronial inquiry into the Orroral Valley fire that tore through a national park and sparked two fires in the Snowy Mountains."
Indigenous woman sues ACT over forced strip search her legal team alleges amounts to ‘torture’
"An Aboriginal woman sexual assault survivor with a serious heart condition who was forcibly strip-searched by a team of prison officers is suing the Australian Capital Territory government for breaching her human rights, arguing that her treatment was degrading and humiliating and amounted to torture."
Kone Australia loses bid to overturn ACT Supreme Court finding of negligence after Woden elevator plummets
"A global engineering firm found to have breached its duty of care after one of its Canberra elevators plummeted and injured four women, leaving one at
risk of becoming a quadriplegic, has had parts of its ACT court appeal described as having no substance"
ACT Coroner to examine time Australian Army took to report Orroral Valley fire's location to emergency services
"A coronial inquiry into a bushfire accidentally sparked by a Defence chopper will focus on the 45 minutes that elapsed between when the blaze was sparked and when emergency services were informed of its location."
Abuse survivors of now-deceased priest line up to seek compensation
The first in a series of civil cases seeking compensation for abuse survivors and victims of a now-deceased paedophile priest is expected to begin in the Supreme Court on Monday.
The complainants are seeking compensation for loss of income, pain and suffering, and medical expenses, and include children who were allegedly abused by Coffey in the south-west Victorian towns of Port Fairy, Terang and Yambuk, as well as Ouyen in the Mallee.
Bid by Catholic church to stop child sexual abuse case rejected by NSW supreme court
"The Catholic church tried to stop a survivor suing it over the childhood abuse she suffered at the hands of a parish priest in northern New South Wales, despite its own records showing it knew the man was a paedophile but did nothing other than move him from parish to parish."
Indigenous inmate sues ACT government over ‘vile and racist’ image allegedly drawn by prison staff
"A vulnerable Indigenous inmate who prison officers allegedly depicted hanging from a noose on a prison whiteboard is suing the Australian Capital Territory government, alleging the drawing was a “vile and racist caricature” of “another Indigenous person they wished to see die in custody."
Survivors abused by 'sadistic' priest win compensation battle, but money 'won't change' impact
"Two men who were abused by a paedophile priest in regional Victoria in the 1960s have reached landmark settlement agreements with the Catholic Church. The two abuse survivors were abused by Father Bryan Coffey between 1965 and 1968 while he served as assistant priest in Port Fairy, in south-west Victoria"
Catholic organisations admit liability for now-deceased paedophile priest Bryan Coffey
"Two Catholic organisations have admitted liability in the Supreme Court related to the actions of a now-deceased paedophile priest. An expert says the admission removes a massive legal hurdle for abuse survivors and victims of Father Bryan Coffey who are now seeking compensation."
Canberra gynaecologist Omar Adham being investigated by AHPRA.
'They went to Dr Adham for help with very private health issues but are now going public because their lives have been changed forever following multiple operations with many different doctors.'
'They want other women to be aware of the problems which can arise following seemingly simple gynaecological procedures.'
Man personally suing judge for compensation over 'gross miscarriage of justice'
"A man has taken the rare step of personally suing a judge for compensation after he was jailed for contempt in family law proceedings and held for six days in custody, during which he says he was bashed, became suicidal and woke up to his cellmate strangling him... It is alleged Judge Vasta is liable for false imprisonment and collateral abuse of process."
The Boys in the Boat
- By Jo Tuscano
"On 27th April 2010 Colin Singer got out of a taxi and walked towards the Perth prison. He was about to begin his usual visits to the prisoners as part of his Official Visitor role. On that day, the Superintendent of the prison, the Deputy Superintendent, and the prison chaplain were waiting for him at the gate. This was unusual. Something was wrong."
Khayla Reno: Canberra Hospital to turn off life support for unborn baby
"The father of an unborn baby feels like a “condemned man proceeding to an execution” after losing a legal battle preventing hospital administrators turning off the life support of his pregnant partner."
Paedophile priest worked at Darwin school decades after conviction
"A FORMER Anglican priest who was twice convicted of sexually abusing teenage boys worked as a priest and chaplain at a Darwin school decades after the Anglican Church had been made aware of his offending."
Indonesians jailed as children in Australia take case to Federal Court
"10 years after they were jailed for being crew members on asylum seeker boats, a group of eight young Indonesian men will today ask the Federal Court for a ruling that may ultimately quash their convictions."
Catholic church attempts to stop one of its own priests from suing it for child abuse
"The Catholic church is attempting to stop one of its own priests from suing it for child abuse because he took too long to come forward, prompting criticism that it has learned nothing from the royal commission.
The Lismore diocese plans to seek a permanent stay in the New South Wales supreme court to prevent one of its priests from suing for abuse he suffered as a 12-year-old altar boy."
Catholic parish priest sues church over alleged sexual abuse as an altar boy
"The priest alleging Father Anderson sexually abused him is one of 11 people seeking compensation from the Diocese of Lismore because of Anderson's alleged abuse. The case will include the circumstances of his leaving the priesthood and whether the diocese took steps to remove him from ministry because of child sex allegations."
New freedom bittersweet: David Eastman
"A former Treasury official has spoken for the first time of the "bittersweet" feeling of freedom after 19 years behind bars.
David Eastman is seeking damages in the ACT Supreme Court for the time he spent in jail for murder.
The 74-year-old was found not guilty during a retrial last year of murdering federal police assistant commissioner Colin Winchester in 1989."
We need to humanise the way PTSD is treated in Australia
"PTSD is very poorly diagnosed or verified in Australia and is being unsympathetically treated by employers, unions, and health, insurance and regulatory bureaucracies.
Their initial responses are sluggish, if not constituting benign neglect, before the "system" does as much as it can to delay the process of funding and delivering essential treatment."
Canberra man with disability trapped and abused in wheelchair cab by driver
"He got very aggressive and threatening, so I backed right down," Mr Higgins said.
"I realised I was tied down and had nowhere to go, and if this guy started getting physical, I was in a lot of trouble."
Eventually Mr Higgins said the driver settled down long enough to drive him to his destination, the Canberra Hospital, but the abuse flared up again during the drop off.
Abuse ‘devastated’ Ouyen
Canberra-based law firm Ken Cush and Associates principal solicitor Mark Barrow yesterday said that while some of Father Bryan Coffey’s victims were now strong enough to come forward, their pain and suffering was still evident today.
Date set down in Eastman compensation case for wrongful imprisonment
After 19 years in jail fighting for his release, David Eastman will have to wait a few more months for his day in court to seek compensation from the ACT government for wrongful imprisonment.
Kiwi victims of Catholic paedophile priest still sought
Lawyers acting for a victim of one of Australia's worst paedophile Catholic priests believe there are likely to be more young girls affected by his actions living in New Zealand.
No minor matter: Indonesian children jailed in Australia seek justice
Back in Indonesia, Jasmin says he is grateful his conviction was overturned but he will continue to fight. He had been advised a complaint to the Human Rights Commission was the best way to proceed.
Lawsuit after boy mauled by dogs at ACT Housing property
It is alleged the territory failed to ensure the property was safe, did not enforce the terms of the tenancy agreement, failed to make sure the property was suitable to keep dogs, and failed to remove the dogs.
Investigation turns to regional Western Australia to reveal full extent of child abuse
The horrific crimes of paedophile priest, Denis McAlinden, are being investigated in regional Western Australia by lawyers committed to revealing the full extent of his abuse of young children.
Indonesians jailed for people-smuggling offences seek compensation
More than 50 Indonesian minors who crewed asylum-seeker boats want compensation from the Australian government for being jailed as adults.
The 55 Indonesians have joined a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission about their treatment while in prison,, and have flagged potential federal court action against the federal government.
Canberra law firm seeking increased damages for abuse victims
A CANBERRA-based legal firm is calling for Bathurst victims who alleged child abuse at the hands of Vincentian priests to come forward with the view of bringing a new case for damages.
'Children jailed as adults' seek justice from Australia
More than 120 Indonesians who say Australia wrongly jailed them as adults - when in fact they were children - have launched a bid for compensation.
The BBC's Indonesia editor Rebecca Henschke visited remote Rote Island to hear how they became caught up in human trafficking.