Feb. 28, 2010 5:58 pm
The ABC reports that litigation arising from the 2003 Canberra fires starts in the ACT Supreme Court today, Monday 1 March 2010. Read the story here .
This litigation will be very significant in determining the legal duty of care owed by fire agencies and governments to the communities they are established to protect, as well as what may reasonably be expected from them in extreme events. The... Read More
Feb. 16, 2010 9:18 pm
Another interesting story from the Sydney Morning Herald reporting that three canyoners have been charged over putting themselves in danger such that they needed assistance from police, ambulance paramedics and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. See the full story here ' Reckless' Blackheath canyoners to face court after rescue ' (see also second story, 'Sydney canyoner in Blue Mountains... Read More
Feb. 11, 2010 5:52 pm
Litigation from bushfires in New South Wales in 2001 is proceeding in the NSW Supreme Court. Read the full story from the S ydney Morning Herald . 'Failure to warn' litigation is an increasingly attractive option for litigants but it faces it's own problems. For my analysis read my article 'Litigation for failure to warn of natural hazards and community resilience' (2008) 23 Australian... Read More